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Seahawks unanimous choice atop AP rankings

Wed., Dec. 18, 2013

Richard Sherman, left, and Bobby Wagner had plenty to celebrate Sunday. (Associated Press)
Richard Sherman, left, and Bobby Wagner had plenty to celebrate Sunday. (Associated Press)

It’s unanimous.

For the third time in four weeks, the Seattle Seahawks drew every first-place vote in the AP Pro32 power rankings from a nationwide panel of media members who cover the NFL. Seattle easily outdistanced Denver in Tuesday’s balloting.

Last week, the Broncos received two first-place selections. But after losing to San Diego, they fell 19 points behind the Seahawks in the power poll.

San Francisco was third, followed by Kansas City and Carolina.

Punter will have jaw surgery

Bengals punter Kevin Huber said he’ll have surgery on Friday to repair his broken jaw, which was injured during a 30-20 loss in Pittsburgh on Sunday night.

Pittsburgh’s Terence Garvin hit him in the jaw with his helmet during a block on a punt return.

Huber told the Associated Press that he broke his jaw by the chin and also cracked one vertebra.

Cleats headed to Hall

The Pro Football Hall of Fame will get the right cleat that Matt Prater wore when he kicked the longest field goal in history. Just not for a while.

Prater says he’ll give his cleats up after the season.

Hall of Fame collections curator Jason Aikens said it’s not unusual for kickers who set records to wait until after the season to give up their cleats because kickers aren’t fond of changing shoes.

Quick kicks

The Saints released kicker Garrett Hartley, two days after he had one field goal blocked and hooked another wide in a 27-16 loss at St. Louis. Hartley has missed 8 of 29 kicks inside 50 yards this season. … The Steelers placed linebacker LaMarr Woodley on injured reserve with his second significant calf injury of the season. … The Broncos bolstered their defensive line by agreeing to terms with defensive end Jeremy Mincey.


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