- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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Hopefully you followed along earlier Wednesday when, after a brief technological issue, I chatted via Twitter (@ESPN_NFCNblog) with AFC West colleague Bill Williamson (@ESPN_AFCWest) about the stunning comebacks this season of Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
I was thrilled to see how many of you joined in. If you missed it, you can scroll through the archived chat in the embedded module below. Feel free to vote in the SportsNation poll in this post as well if you have a strong opinion on whether Peterson or Manning should be the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year.
The argument for Manning would note his neck injury was serious enough to sideline him for an entire season. There wasn't a ton of agreement, to say the least, that he would ever play again. He has not only played but is leading the NFL in passer rating.
We all knew Peterson would return at some point. We just didn't anticipate he could rehabilitate a torn ACL and MCL in a single offseason, a total of 260 days between injury and his first game -- and then pick up with the best 10-game start to a season of his career. Playing on a rebuilding team with an unproven quarterback, a rebuilt offensive line and the NFL's most conservative passing game, Peterson is on pace for an 1,800-yard season.