Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver AJ Green was one of three rookies named to this year’s Pro Bowl team, joining Denver linebacker Von Miller and Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson, who made the team as a kick returner.
Green, who has already set a franchise record for receiving yards by a rookie, enters the regular-season finale versus the Ravens with 63 catches and 1,031 yards. His 11 catches of 35 yards or more are the most in the league and the most by an NFL rookie since Minnesota’s Randy Moss had 14 in 1998.
Rookie quarterback Andy Dalton was nudged out by Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Phillip Rivers, but was selected as a first alternate, meaning he would be given first consideration should any of those three be unable to play or opt out of making trip.
Dalton has thrown 20 touchdown passes, a club record for a rookie. The only other NFL rookies to throw 20 were Peyton Manning (26), Charley Conerly (22), Dan Marino (20) and Cam Newton (20). Dalton and Carolina’s Newton have become the fourth and fifth rookies to throw for 3,000 yards in a season.
Other first alternates were Geno Atkins, who has tied the franchise record for sacks by defensive tackles, and kicker Mike Nugent, who led the NFL in field-goal percentage at the time of the vote last week. Andrew Whitworth is the second alternate at tackle. Tight end Jermaine Gresham, 23 years old and in his second season, is a third alternate, and running back Cedric Benson and nose tackle Domata Peko are fifth alternates.
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