Can These Three Quarterbacks Succesfully Return Next Season?

Tom JacksonCorrespondent IFebruary 26, 2009

The Quarterback is the general of a team's offense. Without him, the war is harder to win. There are a few quarterbacks coming back from injury this upcoming season who hope to lead their teams to the playoffs and the Super Bowl.

But can they actually succeed after such serious injuries? Let's take a look at some of the quarterbacks.


Tom Brady

He is perhaps the quarterback that most people are looking forward to see coming back.

Unless you aren't a Patriots fan, than you can't wait for another Brady-less Pats team going up against your favorite team. But Brady's return is very complicated. Brady tore his ACL and MCL in the first game of the season, and has had some infections after surgeries.

The Patriots have put the franchise tag on Matt Cassel, Brady's terrific back-up, who was the starter for most of the season. The Patriots are trying to shop Cassel around, possibly for young linebackers or safeties, or for draft picks.

However, they could keep him, seeing as Brady may not be able to play when the season starts. He may miss a couple of weeks, with the severity of the knee injury, and who knows if he'll be able to put up the same type of numbers with a bum leg.

It's unlikely that the Patriots will keep Cassel, but along with losing his offensive coordinator, Brady is looking at a tough season ahead.


Carson Palmer

Palmer has already shown that he can come back from major injury.

The Bengals starting quarterback came back from a serious knee injury after his breakout season in 2005. But this time, it's his arm that is hurt. Palmer has had a sore elbow, and eventually toe ligaments in his arm, that caused him to miss most of last season. It seems as if he will be okay, but his receiving corps will not.

Chad Johnson struggled this year, managing 53 receptions for 540 yards and only four touchdowns in 13 games.

TJ Houshmanzadeh did much better than Johnson, but he will not be re-signed, leaving Palmer with questionable targets in the upcoming season. He also has a very poor running game and a defense that will not give him many chances to win games, as they will be often scored on.


Matt Hasselbeck

Out of all the quarterbacks listed here, Hasselbeck is the least likely one to return 100 percent.

The Seahawks' quarterback has endured a bulging disc in his back, knee injuries, and even brain damage this season. He will turn 34 near the end of September, which although isn't the worst age for a quarterback—guys like Brett Favre and Dave Krieg played forever—still is not a good sign.

In his limited playing time this past season, his stats were dreadful thanks to multiple injuries to the receiving corps and offensive line. Seneca Wallace out-performed Hasselbeck, but that shouldn't create a controversy, as he had one of his best years in 2007.

Hasselbeck is going to have a tough year with Greg Knapp, a coordinator who hasn't had much success in his latest gig in Oakland, calling the plays.