Chart: Adrian Peterson 2012 timeline

  • Updated: December 22, 2012 - 8:43 PM

On Christmas Eve, 2011, Adrian Peterson planted his left leg during a run against the host Washington Redskins. He was hit by Washington safety DeJon Gomes and then helped off the field. Today, he is on the verge of setting an NFL record for most rushing yards in a season. Here is a timeline of the year's rehabilitation:

Dec. 30, 2011: Dr. James Andrews performs surgery on Peterson in Birmingham, Ala., to repair torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in the left knee. Traditional timelines call for a nine-month recovery period, with at least a year before a player returns to 100 percent.

Jan. 2, 2012: Peterson begins rehab. "You think he's Adrian Peterson. Invincible. Doesn't bleed when you cut him," Vikings trainer Eric Sugarman says. "But for those two weeks? He was a disaster. Every morning, coming in and laying on that [trainer's] table and he was about as miserable as a human being could be. He was calling me late at night, texting me with hate messages. He didn't shave. He lost weight. He hurt."

Jan. 13: For the first time since his injury, Peterson walks without crutches. He said of watching the replay of his injury: "My stomach crawls just looking at it. Your leg is not supposed to go that way. At all."

March 26: With medical clearance, he begins running. Says Vikings coach Leslie Frazier: "He's a guy who wants to defy the odds with this injury. He wants to do things when he comes back that no one with an ACL tear has ever done."

May 9: Cleared to begin cutting on his knee, Peterson has an impressive 15-minute workout for reporters at Winter Park and vows to play in the season opener Sept. 9. "What I envision is to be suited up and ready to roll. Full strength," Peterson says. "Anything else? I would be cheating myself."

May 30: Peterson sprints up a hill at Winter Park, racing teammate Percy Harvin, during a team workout. "With the experts, I'm sure 90 or 95 percent of the time, they're right with their estimates," he says. "But there are some guys you can't put the traditional timetable on. Some guys are different. I just happen to feel I'm one of those guys."

July 27: Despite his protests, Peterson starts training camp at Mankato on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list. During subsequent practices, he works out on the side of the field with trainers.

July 30: Peterson is rushed to a hospital and briefly hospitalized in Mankato after an allergic reaction during the team's lunch at training camp. "God has been testing me," he says.

Aug. 12: To his delight, Peterson is taken off the PUP list and begins practicing with his teammates.

Sept. 7: The Vikings say they have reached no decision on whether Peterson will play in the opener, which is three days away. "Oh yeah, I'm going to have a word in it. Believe that," Peterson says. "I will have my say."

Sept. 9: The Vikings open the season by beating Jacksonville 26-23. Peterson (shown above, before the game) rushes for 84 yards and scores two touchdowns.

Oct. 14: The Vikings return to Washington, and Peterson runs for 79 yards at the site of his devastating knee injury. It would be the last time to date he fails to run for 100 yards.

Oct. 21: Peterson runs for 153 yards in a victory over Arizona, beginning an eight-game tear where he rushes for 1,313 yards. It's the best eight-game rushing streak in NFL history.

Dec. 23: The Vikings play at Houston today, and Peterson has 1,812 yards. He is 293 yards away from the NFL record, set in 1984 by Eric Dickerson of the Los Angeles Rams.

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New Orleans 28 FINAL
Carolina 10
Tampa Bay 11/2/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Arizona 11/2/14 12:00 PM
Dallas
Philadelphia 11/2/14 12:00 PM
Houston
NY Jets 11/2/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
Jacksonville 11/2/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
San Diego 11/2/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Washington 11/2/14 12:00 PM
Minnesota
St. Louis 11/2/14 3:05 PM
San Francisco
Denver 11/2/14 3:25 PM
New England
Oakland 11/2/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Baltimore 11/2/14 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Indianapolis 11/3/14 7:30 PM
NY Giants
Washington 105 FINAL
Orlando 98
Detroit 91 FINAL
Minnesota 97
New York 95 FINAL
Cleveland 90
Utah 102 FINAL
Dallas 120
Oklahoma City 90 FINAL
LA Clippers 93
Boston 3 FINAL(OT)
Buffalo 2
Winnipeg 1 FINAL(SO)
New Jersey 2
Los Angeles 0 FINAL
Pittsburgh 3
Chicago 5 FINAL(SO)
Ottawa 4
Philadelphia 3 FINAL
Tampa Bay 4
Arizona 1 FINAL
Florida 2
San Jose 3 FINAL(SO)
Minnesota 4
Anaheim 0 FINAL
St. Louis 2
NY Islanders 0 FINAL
Colorado 5
Montreal 2 FINAL(OT)
Vancouver 3
(2) Florida State 42 FINAL
Louisville 31
Troy 10 FINAL
Ga Southern 42
Cincinnati 10/31/14 7:00 PM
Tulane
Tulsa 10/31/14 7:02 PM
Memphis
Air Force 11/1/14 10:30 AM
Army
ULM 11/1/14 11:00 AM
Texas A&M
(19) Oklahoma 11/1/14 11:00 AM
Iowa State
Northwestern 11/1/14 11:00 AM
Iowa
(24) Duke 11/1/14 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Maryland 11/1/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
Wisconsin 11/1/14 11:00 AM
Rutgers
Rice 11/1/14 11:00 AM
FIU
(21) East Carolina 11/1/14 11:00 AM
Temple
UCF 11/1/14 11:00 AM
Connecticut
Boston College 11/1/14 11:30 AM
Virginia Tech
North Carolina 11/1/14 11:30 AM
Miami-Florida
Washington 11/1/14 12:00 PM
Colorado
Central Mich 11/1/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
Western Mich 11/1/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Western Ky 11/1/14 2:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
NC State 11/1/14 2:00 PM
Syracuse
Virginia 11/1/14 2:30 PM
Georgia Tech
Purdue 11/1/14 2:30 PM
(17) Nebraska
BYU 11/1/14 2:30 PM
Middle Tennessee
(10) TCU 11/1/14 2:30 PM
(20) West Virginia
Indiana 11/1/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Florida 11/1/14 2:30 PM
(9) Georgia
Georgia State 11/1/14 2:30 PM
Appalachian St
Kentucky 11/1/14 3:00 PM
Missouri
Kansas 11/1/14 3:00 PM
(12) Baylor
Texas State 11/1/14 3:00 PM
New Mexico St
Houston 11/1/14 3:00 PM
So Florida
USC 11/1/14 3:30 PM
Washington St
Arkansas State 11/1/14 4:00 PM
Idaho
South Alabama 11/1/14 4:00 PM
Louisiana
New Mexico 11/1/14 4:30 PM
UNLV
UAB 11/1/14 6:00 PM
Fla Atlantic
(4) Auburn 11/1/14 6:00 PM
(7) Ole Miss
Old Dominion 11/1/14 6:00 PM
Vanderbilt
Colorado State 11/1/14 6:00 PM
San Jose St
Arkansas 11/1/14 6:15 PM
(1) Miss State
Stanford 11/1/14 6:30 PM
(5) Oregon
Tennessee 11/1/14 6:30 PM
So Carolina
Texas 11/1/14 6:30 PM
Texas Tech
Southern Miss 11/1/14 7:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
(6) Notre Dame 11/1/14 7:00 PM
Navy
Oklahoma State 11/1/14 7:00 PM
(11) Kansas State
Illinois 11/1/14 7:00 PM
(13) Ohio State
(14) Arizona 11/1/14 9:30 PM
(25) UCLA
California 11/1/14 9:30 PM
Oregon State
San Diego St 11/1/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Wyoming 11/1/14 9:45 PM
Fresno State
(18) Utah 11/1/14 10:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Utah State 11/1/14 10:00 PM
Hawaii
Bowling Green 11/4/14 7:00 PM
Akron
Toledo 11/4/14 7:00 PM
Kent State
Buffalo 11/5/14 7:00 PM
Ohio U
Northern Ill 11/5/14 7:00 PM
Ball State
(22) Clemson 11/6/14 6:30 PM
Wake Forest
Sporting Kansas City 1 FINAL
Red Bull New York 2
Hamilton 10/31/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Winnipeg 11/1/14 3:00 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 11/1/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Toronto 11/2/14 11:00 AM
Montreal
Ottawa 11/7/14 6:00 PM
Toronto
Calgary 11/7/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Montreal 11/8/14 3:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 11/8/14 6:00 PM
Saskatchewan
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