Adrian Peterson and Peyton Manning had their doubters coming into this season -- Manning missed all of last season with a neck injury, while Peterson was carted off the field with a torn ACL and MCL in the final game of 2011. They've both responded incredibly well, however, and are in the running for MVP. We gathered some of the greatest seasons ever by players coming back from serious injuries. How do Peterson and Manning stack up?

Best seasons back from injury

P. Manning, 2012

P. Manning, 2012

Peyton Manning
Games missed: 16 (2011)
Stats (to date): 4,016 yards, 31 TDs, 10 INTs

A. Peterson, 2012

A. Peterson, 2012

Adrian Peterson
Games missed: 1 (2011)
Stats (to date): 1,812 yards rushing, 11 TDs

M. Stafford, 2011

M. Stafford, 2011

Matthew Stafford
Games missed: 13 (2010)
Stats: 5,038 yards, 41 TDs, 16 INTs

T. Brady, 2009

T. Brady, 2009

Tom Brady
Games missed: 15 (2008)
Stats: 4,398 yards, 28 TDs, 13 INTs

S. Smith, 2005

S. Smith, 2005

Steve Smith
Games missed: 15 (2004)
Stats: 1,563 receiving yards, 12 TDs

G. Hearst, 2001

G. Hearst, 2001

Garrison Hearst
Games missed: 32 (1999-2000)
Stats: 1,206 rush yards, 4 TDs

R. Woodson, 1996

R. Woodson, 1996

Rod Woodson
Games missed: 15 (1995)
Stats: 6 INTs, one INT TD return, 57 tackles

D. Marino, 1994

D. Marino, 1994

Dan Marino
Games missed: 11 (1993)
Stats: 4,452 yards, 30 TDs, 17 INTs

R. Cunningham, 1992

R. Cunningham, 1992

Randall Cunningham
Games missed: 15 (1991)
Stats: 3,324 pass yards, 19 pass TDs, 10 INTs
549 rush yards, 5 rush TDs

J. Stallworth, 1984

J. Stallworth, 1984

John Stallworth
Games missed: 12 (1983)
Stats: 1,395 receiving yards, 11 TDs

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