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Kobe Bryant and 10 Athletes Attempting Comebacks

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10 Athletes Trying to Make a 'Don't Call it a Comeback'

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We hear it constantly in the world of sports - don't call it a comeback. Players refuse to face the reality that their careers are winding down all the time. Bad injuries happen, and when they happen to older and injury-prone players, sometimes it spells the end of a career. This is what's on everybody's mind when it comes to Kobe Bryant.

The Los Angeles Lakers legend is on the sidelines again. This time, it's because of a fractured bone in his knee. Early estimates have him out six weeks, but some are wondering if it's curtains for No. 24's career. Bryant says he's coming back and that's not unrealistic. But if he does come back, will he be the same?

In the six games that he did play in 2013, Kobe wasn't really his old self. Coming back from Achilles surgery it was to be expected, but we all saw that the Black Mamba was a step behind where he used to be this December. That's okay, but can he ever get back to near 100 percent and avoid future injuries? Should he just shut it down for the year because of the lack of talent on the Los Angeles roster? Those are two more questions on everyone's mind in Laker Land right now.

But besides Kobe Bryant, who else is trying to make a comeback in the world of sports? We can finally cross Brett Favre off the list, but who's taken his place? Here's a look at 10 athletes who are fighting back from injuries/suspensions, and that also have a lot to prove upon their returns to the field, diamond and court:

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Derek Jeter

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Jeter and Bryant are in very similar situations. Can the famous Yankees' shortstop get it together for one last run in the Bronx next season? True fans of the game are hoping that he can.

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Greg Oden

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Oden is somehow still not ready to return this season, even though he's been out of basketball for four years. The word is that he's gearing up for a second half run, but believe it when you see it.

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Miguel Tejada

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How the somewhat mighty have fallen. That's the case with Miguel Tejada who is currently suspended from both MLB and the Dominic League for illegal doings. Once he serves the final 64 games of his MLB suspension, it's highly unlikely a team will take a chance on him.

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Derrick Rose

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Let me tell you something Derrick Rose, this comeback better not be like the last one.

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Marcus Lattimore

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Lattimore is guy everybody should be rooting for. After suffering one of the most gruesome injuries we've ever seen, Lattimore seems to be on track to play in 2014. How good can he be? With the advances in knee surgery, anything is possible.

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Alex Rodriguez

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If A-Fraud's 2014 suspension is upheld, he'll be attempting a comeback in 2015 at 39 going on 40. Good luck with that, pal.

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Mark Sanchez

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A shoulder injury cost Sanchez an entire year of his career. Ironically, it may have also saved it. Will he get a clean slate with a new team and start in the NFL again?

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Mark Mulder

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Mulder hasn't pitched since 2008, but at 36, he thinks he can still do it. The chances of his comeback being successful aren't great.

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Greg Childs

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Childs was drafted by the Vikings in 2012, but he hasn't played a down in two years after tearing both of his patellar tendons. Before his injuries he was considered high-level prospect. Can he ever be relevant in NFL? If he doesn't suffer anymore setbacks, he should return in 2014.

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Lindsey Vonn

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After an ACL tear early in 2013 and then another partial one in November, can she actually make it back to the Olympic games?