Future of cornerback unclear

Will Peterson's once promising career has taken a tragic turn, but NFL teams are not giving up on the talented corner.

Originally Published: June 9, 2006
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com
At this juncture of his NFL career, Will Peterson should be heading into his prime, not entering a period of potential football purgatory. But the former New York Giants' standout cornerback, reluctantly released by the franchise on May 26 after he failed an extensive, two-day battery of physical examinations, is facing the latter as a result of his recurring back problems.

And because, in a bizarre twist of anatomical fate, his back apparently wasn't broken badly enough in 2005, when Peterson appeared in only two regular-season games.

Confused? Well, get in line, right behind Peterson. Just, please, don't bump him in the back.