In 2017, the injury bug ravaged the National Football League. Several All-Pro caliber players suffered season-ending (and for some, career threatening) injuries, leaving their respective teams desperately searching for adequate replacements. Fortunately, most of the big-name players who suffered significant injuries in 2017 are on their way to being ready for the upcoming 2018 season. As a result, the competition for the 2018 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award will be as stiff as ever.
Here’s who the Vegas oddsmakers are picking to take home the award next January.
Odds as of July 30, 2018 courtesy of 5Dimes.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers (+500)
In our eyes, Rodgers should be the odds-on favorite here. The two-time NFL MVP, is arguably the best offensive player in the league today, and he is reportedly fully healed from the collarbone injury he suffered last October.
J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans (+500)
Watt’s 2017 season was cut short due to a gruesome knee injury he suffered last October against the Kansas City Chiefs. As evident by his three NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards, Watt is clearly one of the premier players in the league when healthy. Don’t sleep on the future Hall of Famer here.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants (+450)
All signs are pointing to a huge year from Beckham, who suffered a serious ankle injury in 2017, in 2018. The Giants’ improved offensive personnel, and the fact that the 25-year-old superstar is in a contract year have us believing that Beckham will be tough to beat for this honor.
Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (+450)
All you need to know here is Wentz was the favorite to win the 2017 NFL MVP award when he suffered his season-ending knee injury last December. He is reportedly on track to be ready for Philadelphia’s season-opener, making it easy to see why the oddsmakers like his chances here.
Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts (+450)
At one point this offseason, rumors were floating around that Luck’s once-promising NFL career could be in jeopardy. The three-time Pro Bowler has answered any questions about the health of his surgically repaired throwing shoulder with his play during training camp. If his shoulder holds up for the entire season, Luck will be tough to beat here.
Statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.
Other notable players to watch:
- David Johnson (+600)
- Deshaun Watson (+800)
- Dalvin Cook (+800)
- Sam Bradford (+1800)
- Ryan Tannehill (+1900)
- Teddy Bridgewater (+3300)
- Josh Gordon (+4000)
- Allen Robinson (+4000)
- Richard Sherman (+6000)
- Robert Griffin III (+30000)
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