Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson want to cap their sensational comebacks with Super Bowl appearances. For now, they can be proud of Pro Bowl spots.
So can Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, one of two rookies chosen Wednesday for the Jan. 27 NFL all-star game.
Manning missed all of the 2011 season with neck and back problems that required several operations. He then signed with Denver as a free agent and has led the Broncos on a 10-game winning streak to take the AFC West.
‘‘I know there’s great players out there in the NFL, but there’s some great players on this team this year that deserve to go,’’ said Manning, whose 12th Pro Bowl is a record for quarterbacks. He ranks fourth in league passing this year, has thrown 34 touchdowns.
Minnesota’s Peterson tore up his left knee on Christmas Eve last year, underwent major surgery, then was back for the season opener. He’s gone from uncertain to unstoppable, running away with the rushing title with a career-high 1,898 yards.
The 49ers had the most players selected, nine, including six from its second-ranked defense. Houston was next with eight, six on offense.
The Chiefs, despite its 2-13 record that is tied with Jacksonville for worst in the league, had five Pro Bowlers, including running back Jamaal Charles, who like Peterson is coming back from a torn ACL.
One other rookie, Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh, was chosen. Walsh has nine field goals of at least 50 yards, an NFL mark. The AFC kicker is at the other end of the spectrum: Cleveland’s Phil Dawson earned his first selection in his 14th NFL season.
Eight teams had no Pro Bowl players: the Panthers, Eagles, Rams, Titans, Bills, Jaguars, Chargers, and Raiders.
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