2012 All-Pro Team

2012 All-Pro Team

NEW YORK (AP) The Associated Press 2012 NFL All-Pro team selected by a national panel of 50 media members:

OFFENSE(equals)

Quarterback-Peyton Manning, Denver.

Running Backs-Adrian Peterson, Minnesota; Marshawn Lynch, Seattle.

Fullback-Vonta Leach, Baltimore.

Tight End-Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta.

Wide Receivers-Calvin Johnson, Detroit; Brandon Marshall, Chicago.

Tackles-Duane Brown, Houston; Ryan Clady, Denver.

Guards-Mike Iupati, San Francisco; Jahri Evans, New Orleans.

Center-Max Unger, Seattle.

Placekicker-Blair Walsh, Minnesota.

Kick Returner-Jacoby Jones, Baltimore.

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DEFENSE(equals)

Ends-J.J. Watt, Houston; Cameron Wake, Miami.

Tackles-Geno Atkins, Cincinnati; Vince Wilfork, New England.

Outside Linebackers-Von Miller, Denver; Aldon Smith, San Francisco.

Inside Linebacker-Patrick Willis, San Francisco; NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco.

Cornerbacks-Richard Sherman, Seattle; Charles Tillman, Chicago.

Safeties-Earl Thomas, Seattle; Dashon Goldson, San Francisco.

Punter-Andy Lee, San Francisco.

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SECOND TEAM(equals)

OFFENSE(equals)

Quarterback-Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay.

Running Backs-Alfred Morris Washington; Jamaal Charles, Kansas City.

Fullback-Jerome Felton, Minnesota.

Tight End-Jason Witten, Dallas.

Wide Receivers-A.J. Green, Cincinnati; Andre Johnson, Houston.

Tackles-Joe Thomas, Cleveland; Joe Staley, San Francisco.

Guards-Marshal Yanda, Baltimore; Logan Mankins, New England.

Center-Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh.

Placekicker-Phil Dawson, Cleveland.

Kick Returner-David Wilson, New York Giants.

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DEFENSE(equals)

Ends-Justin Smith, San Francisco; Julius Peppers, Chicago.

Tackles-Justin Smith, San Francisco; Ndamukong Suh, Detroit, and Haloti Ngata, Baltimore.

Outside Linebackers-Chad Greenway, Minnesota; Ahmad Brooks, San Francisco, Clay Matthews, Green Bay, and DeMarcus Ware, Dallas.

Inside Linebackers-Daryl Washington, Arizona; London Fletcher, Washington.

Cornerbacks-Champ Bailey, Denver; Tim Jennings, Chicago.

Safeties-Eric Weddle, San Diego; Jairus Byrd, Buffalo.

Punter-Thomas Morstead, New Orleans.

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Ravens lose week of OTAs, Harbaugh and organization fined by NFL

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Ravens lose week of OTAs, Harbaugh and organization fined by NFL

OWINGS MILLS – The NFL punished the Ravens by taking away their second OTA session (June 1-3), and fining both coach John Harbaugh and the organization, the league announced Thursday. The punishment stems from a practice violation in rookie camp on May 6, when the Ravens briefly practiced in pads during a non-contact drill, which violated the collective bargaining agreement. The NFL investigated after the Ravens’ violation was brought to the league’s attention. 

The amount of the fines was not immediately disclosed. The Ravens issued a brief statement after the punishment was announced.

“We made a mistake and we are sorry for that,” the statement said. “We accept the NFL discipline.”

The Ravens were in the midst of completing their first OTA session when the league’s ruling was handed down. The Ravens will still have their OTA scheduled for the second week in June, as well as their mandatory minicamp later in the month.

Considering injuries, Ravens have strong turnout at OTA's

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Considering injuries, Ravens have strong turnout at OTA's

OWINGS MILLS – More than 70 of the 90 players on the Ravens roster were in attendance at Thursday’s voluntary workouts, the first OTA’s open to the media.

Veterans who were not on the field included wide receivers Michael Campanaro and Steve Smith Sr. (Achilles); linebackers Elvis Dumervil, C. J. Mosley, and Terrell Suggs (Achilles); quarterback Joe Flacco (knee); defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore, left tackle Eugene Monroe (shoulder); cornerback Jimmy Smith (foot), and right guard Marshal Yanda.

Those not on the field also included running backs Kenneth Dixon and Trent Richardson; defensive end Bronson Kaufusi, and wide receiver Keenan Reynolds. In the case of rookies, college graduation ceremonies may have interfered with their attendance.

Two players who missed all of last season due to injuries were participating – tight end Dennis Pitta (hip) and wide receiver Breshad Perriman. Both Perriman and Pitta were scheduled to speak with the media at the conclusion of practice.

Most Googled question in Maryland won't surprise Ravens fans

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Most Googled question in Maryland won't surprise Ravens fans

Estately, a real estate website with its own blog, often posts nifty maps of the country with varyingly offbeat data. The latest creation identifies the questions that each state Googles more than any other. And let's just say Marylanders are hardly defying expectations. 

Residents of the Old Line State want to know "Is Joe Flacco elite?" more than folks from anywhere else in the country.

How does Estately know this? Here's a description of the methodology: 

Using Google Autocomplete we compiled hundreds of the most common questions Americans type into the Google search bar. We ran those searches through Google Trends to determine which state queried each of these selected searches the most over the past 12 years. To be clear, the list below does not represent what each state Googles the most, it simply shows the searches each state Googles more frequently than the other 49 states and the District of Columbia.

Not exactly the most scientifically rigorous method of inquiry, but we're having fun here. 

So it may not shock anyone that Marylanders are concerned about the Ravens quarterback, but it's noteworthy that Maryland is one of only three states with sports among its most common queries.

Texans often asks "Where is Johnny Manziel?" while North Dakotans want to know "When is NFL Draft?"

Turns out the rest of the country is more curious about the presidential election, O.J. Simpson and marijuana than sports right now. 

Each state has multiple questions it searches most. Here are the full results for Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. 

MARYLAND:  Did O.J. do it? / Is Joe Flacco elite? / Who unfollowed me? / Who runs the world? / When is it going to snow? / Why do I owe taxes?

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  When is Ramadan? / Where is Obama today?

VIRGINIA:  Why is Virginia for lovers? / What is emo?