Michael Vick leads Pro Bowl voting 11/2 years after he was released from prison.
The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback had 729,838 fan votes, nearly 39,000 more than second-place Peyton Manning, the NFL said Wednesday. Manning topped the balloting two weeks ago.
“I think it’s just a credit to everything I’ve tried to accomplish on and off the field, just working as hard as I can to change things around, be a part of the solution and not the problem,” Vick said. “I changed my life, and it just goes to show anybody can do it. It’s an unfortunate situation, the things that happened. I wish I could go back and change it all. I wish I could take it all back. The only thing I can do is move forward.”
It’s the latest evidence many fans seem willing to forgive Vick for the dogfighting operation that sent him to prison for 18 months – and embrace his stunning return to NFL stardom. A backup to start the season, Vick has led the Eagles to first place in the NFC East, accounting for 21 touchdowns and throwing just two interceptions.
Manning had 691,146 votes, which led the AFC, followed by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (623,074), Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (591,598) and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (547,340).
TRUFANT, TIMES 2
Isaiah Trufant, the younger brother of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant, was added to the practice roster of the New York Jets.
Trufant was named defensive player of the year in the United Football League for the Las Vegas Locomotives.
Kansas City QB Matt Cassel underwent an appendectomy. The team did not say whether he would be ready to play on Sunday against San Diego. Detroit defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh was fined $15,000 by the NFL after drawing an unnecessary roughness penalty for a hit on Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler last weekend. Suh plans to appeal. Percy Harvin (migraine), Ray Edwards (ankle) and Brett Favre (shoulder) were among six Minnesota Vikings who missed practice on Wednesday while dealing with injuries. The Saints put veteran running back Ladell Betts (neck) on injured reserve and added veteran linebacker Kawika Mitchell to the roster. Detroit starting defensive lineman Kyle Vanden Bosch (neck) and cornerback Alphonso Smith (shoulder) will go on injured reserve. The Jets have released wide receiver Laveranues Coles a few days after re-signing him. The Dolphins put former Pro Bowl cornerback Al Harris (hamstring) on injured reserve, ending his 13th NFL season. Amid speculation the team is headed for Los Angeles, the San Diego Chargers have notified the city that they won’t exercise their 2011 escape clause on Feb. 1.