Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez makes All-Pro first team

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NEW YORK — Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, who this season moved into second place on the NFL career receptions list, was named to The Associated Press All-Pro team announced Saturday.

It was his sixth time Gonzalez, who says he’s 95 percent certain he’ll retire after this season, has been named to the first team.

He was the only player on the 13-3 Falcons squad to make the team. No Falcon made the second team.

Minnesota Vikings 2,000-yard man Adrian Peterson and Texans pass-swatting end J.J. Watt were unanimous choices.

Peterson, who came within 9 yards of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record, and Watt, who led the NFL with 20 1-2 sacks, were selected by all 50 members of a nationwide panel of media members who cover the league.

Peterson is a three-time All-Pro, while Watt represents lots of new blood. He’s among 17 players making their All-Pro debuts.

The NFC had 17 players and only 10 made it from the AFC.

One rookie, Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh, a former Georgia Bulldog, was chosen.

COLTS: Special teams coordinator Marwan Maalouf will not be back on coach Chuck Pagano’s staff next season.

The team says Maalouf and the Colts mutually agreed to part ways.

Maalouf followed Pagano from Baltimore to Indianapolis last year.

Under Maalouf, punter Pat McAfee averaged 48.2 yards per punt, kicker Adam Vinatieri continued to make game-winning kicks and the punt and kickoff coverage units improved.

EAGLES: The team is interviewing Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley in Atlanta, two people familiar with the meeting told The Associated Press on Saturday.

Bradley is the eighth candidate interviewed since the Eagles fired Andy Reid on Dec. 31.

GRIFFIN CASE: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he doesn’t have a problem with the way the Washington Redskins medical staff handled Robert Griffin III’s knee injury.

Nevertheless, he’s anticipating changes in the way injuries not affecting the head are evaluated on the sideline.

Griffin had reconstructive ACL surgery Wednesday after reinjuring his right knee in last Sunday’s playoff loss to Seattle.


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