Peyton Manning, Peterson make Pro Bowl; Brees left out

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

Also selected Wednesday to the NFL's all-star game was Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. One NFL star not on the roster is New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, who could still play in the game if other players pull out. Saints punter Thomas Morstead and guard Jahri Evans did make the team.

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, who ranks fourth in league passing, has thrown 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Four other Broncos made the AFC roster: DE Elvis Dumervil, linebacker Von Miller, CB Champ Bailey and tackle Ryan Clady.

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 and lifting

the Vikings toward an NFC wild card.

"Coming into the season after going through

the rehab process, I just told myself that I wanted to lead my team to a


and make sure that I contribute and do my part," Peterson said.

"I've been doing it."

Griffin is one of three rookie QBs who had

superb debut seasons, along with Andrew Luck of Indianapolis and Russell


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


"You can't play down those kind of things,"

Griffin said. "I've always said my whole football career that you don't

play for

awards. They just come. You don't say you're going to win the

Heisman. You don't say you're going to win MVP. You go out and

you prove it on the field, and if everyone feels that way then

they'll give you that award."

San Francisco had the most players selected, nine, including six from its second-ranked defense. Houston was next with eight,

six on offense.

Kansas City, despite its 2-13 record that is tied with Jacksonville for worst in the league, had five Pro Bowlers, including

RB 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.

Another record setter will be heading to Honolulu for the Jan. 27 Pro Bowl: Detroit WR Calvin Johnson.

Johnson broke Jerry Rice's single-season yards receiving record and has 1,892 yards with a game left.