Kansas City and San Francisco will have plenty of clout in Honolulu if they can’t make it to New Jersey for the Super Bowl.
The NFL revealed Friday that the Chiefs and 49ers each had eight players voted into the Pro Bowl, including running backs Jamaal Charles of Kansas City and Frank Gore of San Francisco.
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning was selected to his 13th Pro Bowl after garnering the most votes among fans, 1.43 million. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees was second among fans with 1.2 million votes.
The NFL combines votes from fans, players and coaches to determine 86 of 88 Pro Bowl players; the other two players are long-snappers selected by Pro Bowl coaches. Voting ended Thursday.
Under a new format this year, NFL greats Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will divvy up the players in a two-day draft before the Jan. 26 game. Offensive and defensive players with the most votes who don’t make it past the divisional playoff round will serve as active player captains.
Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman received 552,600 votes by fans, the most for any defensive player. Houston defensive end J.J. Watt had just under 410,000 fan votes.
Dallas’ Romo has surgery
Any hope the Dallas Cowboys had of getting Tony Romo on the field for Sunday’s winner-take-all game for the NFC East title was lost Friday morning when the quarterback had back surgery. The Cowboys placed him on injured reserve.
Romo suffered a herniated disk against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, and while sources indicated all week the surgery was necessary and he was likely out for the Eagles game, the Cowboys waited to see if daily treatment as well as an epidural steroid injection to reduce inflammation would alleviate the discomfort and allow him to get on the field.
But Romo’s back was not getting better after the team exhausted all options on treatments and decided late Thursday to have Romo undergo surgery, coach Jason Garrett said.
Backup Kyle Orton will start at quarterback against the Eagles, with newly signed Jon Kitna serving as his backup.
Asomugha calls it quits
Less than three years after being one of the most prized free agents on the open market, Nnamdi Asomugha’s NFL career is over.
Asomugha formally announced his retirement on Friday at the Oakland Raiders’ headquarters, ending his 11-year career at the place he had his most success.
Asomugha made three Pro Bowls and was a two-time first-team All-Pro during his eight seasons with the Raiders when he was considered one of the league’s top cover cornerbacks.
But his career quickly fizzled after signing a $60 million, five-year contract with Philadelphia in the summer of 2011. He was cut after two years with the Eagles and played just three games this season for San Francisco before being released in November.
Buccaneers safety fined
Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson was fined $60,000 by the NFL on Friday for his helmet-to-helmet hit on St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey last Sunday.
The fine is the fourth this season for Goldson.
St. Louis linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar was fined $21,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit.