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By The Sports Xchange January 12, 2013 6:50 PM
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt were unanimous selections for the Associated Press All-Pro team, which was announced Saturday.
A panel of 50 nationwide media members who cover the NFL selected the first and second teams. Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards with 12 touchdowns and fell just 9 yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record. He was selected to the All-Pro team for the third time. Watt, one of 17 first-time selections, had 20.5 sacks in the regular season with 81 tackles. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was chosen to his sixth All-Pro team. Denver went 13-3 and got the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. Manning threw for 4,659 yards with 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez also made it for a sixth time after catching 93 passes for 930 yards with eight touchdowns. He is second all-time with 1,242 receptions. The San Francisco 49ers had the most All-Pro selections with six, led by linebacker Patrick Willis, who was selected for the fifth time in his six-year career. ---NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters Saturday that he has no issues with how the Washington Redskins' medical staff handled Robert Griffin III's knee injury. However, he expects changes with how non-head injuries are handled during games. Griffin had reconstructive ACL surgery Wednesday after reinjuring his right knee last Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. He was clearly hurt early in the game but did not exit until late in the fourth quarter. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was widely questioned for leaving Griffin in the game but Goodell said it was a "medical decision." "Now, people can argue whether it was the wrong decision, but it was a medical decision and that's what we want it to be," Goodell said. "Will we make further changes? Yeah, I would anticipate we will. We'll always look at that and try to see what else we can do to make sure the proper medical attention is being given, that they make the best medical evaluation and it's their determination to make." Also, Goodell did not decide on when to reinstate New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, who was suspended for the season because of the team's "bounty" scandal. ---The Philadelphia Eagles are interviewing Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley for their head coaching job on Saturday, according to ESPN. Bradley has been the Seahawks' defensive coordinator since 2009. Seattle allowed a league-low 15.3 points per game this season. The Eagles have interviewed seven candidates so far. They fired Andy Reid after a 4-12 season on Dec. 31. Reid was hired as the Kansas City Chiefs head coach. ---Rob Ryan denied that he was hired to be the St. Louis Rams' defensive coordinator. The New York Post reported the hire on Friday. Ryan was recently fired as the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator. The Cowboys hired 72-year-old Monte Kiffin as Ryan's replacement. "I'm on a beach and have talked to nobody and have no comment," Ryan told ESPN Dallas. ---Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones wants head coach Jason Garrett to relinquish his offensive play-calling duties, ESPN reported Saturday. The Cowboys finished 8-8 this season and missed the playoffs. They are 21-19 in two years under Garrett, who has faced criticism for his clock management. Jones also reportedly wants Garrett to fire his brother, John, who is the team's tight ends coach. John Garrett is the team's passing game coordinator. ---Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher addressed reports that he wants to return to coaching by saying that he plans to stay at CBS, where he works as a studio analyst. Cowher, 55, coached the Steelers from 1992-2006. He recently reportedly said he expects to return to the sideline at some point. "Contrary to reports, I have no plans on coaching," he said on the CBS pregame show Saturday.