NEW YORK — Broken bones. Torn ligaments. Subpar performances.
They all combined to sideline some of the NFL’s biggest stars a year ago, a lost season for several players who spent most of the year in the trainers’ room.
Rob Gronkowski, Percy Harvin, Julio Jones, Robert Griffin III and Sam Bradford know all about that. So do guys such as Arian Foster, Doug Martin, Jeremy Maclin, Reggie Wayne, Malcom Floyd, Brian Cushing and Geno Atkins.
“I was rehabbing every day and it was miserable,” said Gronkowski, the New England tight end who is still working his way back from a vicious 2-year stretch in which he has had four forearm surgeries, a back injury and torn knee ligaments. “Hopefully that never happens again and I don’t wish anything on anyone like I had these past few years.”
Harvin got a jumpstart on his comeback in February on the NFL’s biggest stage. After missing most of the regular season and the playoffs with a surgically repaired hip and then a concussion, Harvin returned the opening kickoff of the second half of the Super Bowl for a touchdown in helping Seattle beat Denver.
“I don’t know if any football player can say they’re fully healthy playing football but this is the best I’ve felt in a long, long time,” Harvin said as the Seahawks opened training camp.
Philadelphia’s Maclin tore a knee ligament in training camp last year and missed the entire season. But after an extensive rehabilitation process, the Eagles are counting on their speedy wide receiver to make big plays again.