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.

Four other Broncos made the AFC roster: defensive end Elvis Dumervil, linebacker Von Miller, cornerback Champ Bailey and tackle Ryan Clady. Bailey's 12th appearance is a record for defensive backs.

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 championship and make sure that I contribute and do my part," Peterson said. "I've been doing it."

The 49ers had the most players selected, nine, including six from their second-ranked defense. Houston was next with eight, six on offense.

Browns: Cleveland is down to its third-string quarterback. With both Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy missing practice because of right-shoulder injuries, Thad Lewis took first-team snaps in practice. Elevated from the practice squad on Monday, Lewis could make his NFL debut in Pittsburgh on Sunday. The Browns also signed free agent quarterback Josh Johnson from Oakland, who spent four seasons in Tampa Bay and was in the 49ers camp during the summer.

  • Josh Cribbs has apologized for his profane tweet after 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 enraged when he got several derogatory messages.

    Ravens: Linebacker Ray Lewis has been added to Baltimore's' 53-man roster, but coach John Harbaugh says the 17-year veteran will not play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. The 37-year-old was placed on the injured reserve-designated to return list after tearing his right triceps on Oct. 14. He returned to practice on Dec. 5, and in order for him to be eligible for the playoffs, the Ravens had to add him to the active roster by Wednesday.

    Jets: Quarterback Tim Tebow insisted that he never asked out of running wildcat plays last week but acknowledged what he said to coach Rex Ryan may have been misinterpreted as such. "I never said, 'Hey, I don't do anything or I won't do anything,' " Tebow said. "That wasn't the talk at all. He knows that and everybody on this team knows that."

    Ryan chose to go with third-stringer Greg McElroy over Tebow in place of the benched Mark Sanchez for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers. After hearing the news, Tebow went to Ryan to discuss the situation.

    Brent indicted: A grand jury in Dallas has 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.