Vikings defensive end Jared Allen and Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, a former Georgia Tech star, and were the leading vote getters for The Associated Press 2011 NFL All-Pro Team, each falling one vote short of being unanimous choices.
Aaron Rodgers was the quarterback for the first time. He led Green Bay to a league-best 15-1 record.
Johnson and Allen each received 49 votes Friday from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL. It’s the fourth All-Pro team for Allen, who led the league with 22 sacks, one-half short of the record. Johnson makes it for the first time after hauling in 96 catches for a 17.5-yard average and scoring 16 touchdowns.
STEELERS: A sprained left ankle won’t keep Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger out of Sunday’s game in Denver, but one could sideline starting center Maurkice Pouncey.
Pouncey was listed as questionable on the Steelers’ injury report and was unlikely to play after missing practice Thursday and Friday because of increased soreness in his left ankle.
Doug Legursky likely will start in Pouncey’s place as he did in last year’s Super Bowl when Pouncey was sidelined with an injury to the same ankle.
BRONCOS: Hampered by a neck injury, safety Brian Dawkins was ruled out for the first-round game against Pittsburgh.
RAIDERS: Oakland reached an agreement with Green Bay director of football operations Reggie McKenzie to become their new general manager.
McKenzie will fulfill many of the duties handled by iconic owner Al Davis until his Oct. 8 death at age 82.
PACKERS: Vice president Jason Wied resigned Friday, citing his addiction to an herbal remedy he was using to treat sleep-related health issues.