Comebacks include Pro Bowl

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning makes the Pro Bowl after missing all of 2011 due to neck and back injuries.

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning makes the Pro Bowl after missing all of 2011 due to neck and back injuries.

NEW YORK — Sensational comebacks have Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson headed for the Pro Bowl.

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

Manning missed all of last season with neck and back problems that required four operations. After the Colts released him, he signed with the Broncos, who have won 10 in a row to take the AFC West.

"My goal has always been to go out and help the team win and play at a high level," said Manning, who has 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. "Anything that comes along with that, like being honored as a Pro Bowl selection, is very humbling."

Peterson, the Vikings running back, tore his left ACL on Dec. 24, 2011. He has gone from uncertain to 1,898 yards, 208 from the NFL record.

"I just told myself that I wanted to lead my team to a championship and make sure that I contribute and do my part," Peterson said. "I've been doing it."

Griffin, who has the Redskins one win from the playoffs, is one of three quarterbacks who have had superb rookie seasons. But the Colts' Andrew Luck and Seahawks' Russell Wilson weren't voted in.

"You don't play for awards," Griffin said. "They just come. You don't say you're going to win the Heisman. You don't say you're going to win the MVP. You go out, and you prove it on the field. And if everyone feels that way, then they'll give you that award."

The 49ers had the most players selected, nine, including six from their second-ranked defense. Houston was next with eight, six on offense. The Chiefs, despite a 2-13 record, had five picked. They include running back Jamaal Charles, who, like Peterson, came back from a torn ACL.

One other rookie, the Vikings' Blair Walsh, was chosen. He has made a league-record nine field goals of 50 yards or longer.

Cowboy indicted: A Dallas grand jury indicted Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent on one count of intoxication manslaughter. He is charged in connection with a Dec. 8 crash that killed Cowboys practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown and is out on $100,000 bond. An arraignment has not been scheduled.

Browns sign ex-Bucs QB: Cleveland signed quarterback Josh Johnson. He appeared in 26 games for the Bucs after being a fifth-round pick in 2008. The 49ers released the 26-year-old at the end of training camp. Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy missed practice with right shoulder injuries. Thad Lewis, undrafted out of Duke in 2010, took the snaps with the first team. Coach Pat Shurmur said neither Weeden nor McCoy have been ruled out for Sunday.

More Browns: Kick returner Josh Cribbs apologized for a profane tweet after Sunday's loss, during which he muffed a punt.

Cardinals: Brian Hoyer will become Arizona's fourth starting quarterback of the season Sunday. Hoyer, who spent three seasons as a backup in New England, was claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh three weeks ago. Kevin Kolb is out for the season with a rib injury, and John Skelton and Ryan Lindley were benched for poor play. Also, running back Beanie Wells said it's "inevitable" he won't return to the team next season. Arizona holds a $1.1 million option for 2013 on Wells, who has gained 2.7 yards per carry while missing seven games to injury. Said Wells: "I'm just going to go out there and put my best foot forward for all the 31 other teams that are watching."

Colts: Coach Chuck Pagano said he doesn't plan to rest his starters Sunday despite being locked into the No. 5 seed.

Packers: Receiver Randall Cobb was limited at practice by an ankle injury sustained Sunday. The team hopes to know his status by Friday. Also, receiver Jordy Nelson, out the past three games with a hamstring injury, fully practiced. His status hasn't been determined.

Raiders: With quarterback Carson Palmer out with cracked ribs and a bruised lung, Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor shared reps during practice. Coach Dennis Allen did not give a timetable for naming a starter.

Ravens: Linebacker Ray Lewis was activated from injured reserve but won't play Sunday. Because he returned to practice Dec. 5, the team had until Wednesday to put him on the active roster and make him eligible for the playoffs. Lewis has missed nine games since tearing his right triceps Oct. 14.

Texans: Running back Arian Foster, who left Sunday's game with an irregular heartbeat, fully practiced and is expected to be fine for this week.

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