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NFL notebook: Comeback stars Manning, Peterson make Pro Bowl

| Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, 7:28 p.m.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was selected to the Pro Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. 
AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was selected to the Pro Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File

Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson highlighted their sensational comeback seasons by making the Pro Bowl.

Also selected Wednesday to the NFL's all-star game was Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.

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.

Minnesota's Peterson tore up his left knee on Christmas Eve last year, underwent major surgery and was back for the season opener.

Griffin is one of three rookie QBs who had superb debut seasons, along with Andrew Luck of Indianapolis and Russell Wilson of Seattle. Luck and Wilson weren't voted to the Pro Bowl by players, coaches and fans, although their teams are in the playoffs; Griffin can get to the postseason if Washington beats Dallas on Sunday.

The Pro Bowl is Jan. 27 in Honolulu.

Pryor, Leinart share reps

Raiders quarterbacks Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor shared reps in practice Wednesday.

However, coach Dennis Allen did not select a starter for Sunday's game in San Diego.

Both played in last week's loss to Carolina when Carson Palmer went out with cracked ribs and a bruised lung after being hit from behind by Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy.

Allen said Leinart and Pryor, a former Jeannette and Ohio State star, split the workload with Oakland's first-team offense during practice, but Pryor later said Leinart took the majority of reps.

Tebow: No wildcat strike

Tim Tebow said he never asked out of running wildcat plays last week, but the Jets backup quarterback acknowledged that Rex Ryan may have misunderstood him.

Tebow said he told Ryan last Tuesday that he was “definitely disappointed” he wasn't going to be the starting quarterback in place of the benched Mark Sanchez and added that he told the coach he wanted to play “regular quarterback.”

Tebow said he realized Ryan might have misinterpreted his comments when he wasn't in wildcat packages and reiterated to the coach he would do anything the team asked of him.

Cowboys' Brent indicted

A grand jury in Texas formally indicted Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent on one count of intoxication manslaughter.

Brent is charged in connection with a Dec. 8 crash that killed his friend and Cowboys practice squad member Jerry Brown. He is out of prison on $100,000 bond.

Ex-Steelers QB get start

The Cardinals will give Brian Hoyer his first NFL start, less than three weeks after the team claimed him off waivers from the Steelers.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said the former Michigan State quarterback will start for the Cardinals in their season finale Sunday at San Francisco.

Eagles' QB Foles on IR

The Eagles placed rookie quarterback Nick Foles on injured reserve and signed defensive tackle Antonio Dixon to a two-year contract.

Foles broke his hand in last Sunday's loss to Washington. Michael Vick will start the final game of the season against the Giants on Sunday.

Cribbs sorry for tweets

Josh Cribbs apologized for his profane tweet following the Browns' latest loss.

Cribbs said he was mad at himself for muffing a punt, angry that it contributed to a 34-12 setback in Denver then became enraged when he got several derogatory messages.

Jets' Wilkerson hurt

Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson suffered a concussion and injured a knee during the team's loss to San Diego on Sunday, and his status for the season finale at Buffalo is uncertain.

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