Cincinnati Bengals shut out of AP All-Pro first team

A.J. Green, Vontaze Burfict named to second team

CINCINNATI — The Bengals were shut out of the Associated Press All-Pro first-team selections despite winning the AFC North with an 11-5 record.

Consolation prize: The Bengals'  two Pro Bowl starters, linebacker Vontaze Burfict and wide receiver A.J. Green, were named to the second All-Pro team.

Division rival Cleveland placed two players on the first All-Pro team, wide receiver Josh Gordon and tackle Joe Thomas. Baltimore had one, kicker Justin Tucker.

The closest Cincinnati came to getting a first-team All-Pro is Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly, a St. Xavier High grad.

Eighteen NFC players and nine from the AFC made the team.

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning was the only unanimous choice among the 50 media voters. New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham and Indianapolis outside linebacker Robert Mathis each drew 49 votes. Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy and Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman had 48.

Carolina and Philadelphia each had three first-teamers:  Kuechly, center Ryan Kalil and fullback Mike Tolbert for the Panthers; NFL rushing leader McCoy, guard Evan Mathis and tackle Jason Peters for the Eagles.

Overall, 16 clubs were represented on the All-Pro team: Denver, Kansas City, Cleveland, Baltimore, Houston and Indianapolis in the AFC; Philadelphia, Carolina, Seattle, Detroit, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, New Orleans, Arizona, Minnesota and San Francisco in the NFC.

2013 Associated Press All-Pro Team

First Team Offense

Quarterback: Peyton Manning, Denver.

Running Backs: LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia; Jamaal Charles, Kansas City.

Fullback: Mike Tolbert, Carolina.

Tight End: Jimmy Graham, New Orleans.

Wide Receivers: Calvin Johnson, Detroit; Josh Gordon, Cleveland.

Tackles: Joe Thomas, Cleveland; Jason Peters, Philadelphia.

Guards: Louis Vasquez, Denver; Evan Mathis, Philadelphia.

Center: Ryan Kalil, Carolina.

Placekicker: Justin Tucker, Baltimore.

Kick Returner: Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota.

First Team Defense

Ends: J.J. Watt, Houston; Robert Quinn, St. Louis.

Tackles: Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay; Ndamukong Suh, Detroit.

Outside Linebackers: Robert Mathis, Indianapolis; Lavonte David, Tampa Bay.

Inside Linebackers: Luke Kuechly, Carolina; NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco.

Cornerbacks: Richard Sherman, Seattle; Patrick Peterson, Arizona.

Safeties: Earl Thomas, Seattle; Eric Berry, Kansas City.

Punter: Johnny Hekker, St. Louis.

Second Team Offense

Quarterback: None.

Running Backs: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota; Eddie Lacy, Green Bay.

Fullback: Marcel Reece, Oakland.

Tight End: Vernon Davis, San Francisco.

Wide Receivers: A.J. Green, Cincinnati; Demaryius Thomas, Denver, and Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh.

Tackles: Tyron Smith, Dallas; Joe Staley, San Francisco.

Guards: Jahri Evans, New Orleans; Logan Mankins, New England, and Josh Sitton, Green Bay.

Center: Alex Mack, Cleveland.

Placekicker: Matt Prater, Denver.

Kick Returner: Dexter McCluster, Kansas City.

Second Team Defense

Ends: Mario Williams, Buffalo; Greg Hardy, Carolina.

Tackles: Dontari Poe, Kansas City; Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets, Jurrell Casey, Tennessee, and Justin Smith, San Francisco.

Outside Linebackers: Tamba Hali, Kansas City; Ahmad Brooks, San Francisco.

Inside Linebackers: Vontaze Burfict, Cincinnati; Karlos Dansby, Arizona.

Cornerbacks: Aqib Talib, New England; Joe Haden, Cleveland, and Alterraun Verner, Tennessee.

Safeties: Eric Weddle, San Diego; Kam Chancellor, Seattle, Jairus Byrd, Buffalo, T.J. Ward, Cleveland, Devin McCourty, New England, and Antrel Rolle, New York Giants.

Punter: Brandon Fields, Miami.

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