The Washington Post
Kupp, Adams are among five unanimous all-pros
Five players, including dynamic pass catchers Cooper Kupp and Davante Adams, were unanimous choices for the Associated Press 2021 NFL all-pro team.
Joining the Los Angeles Rams’ Kupp and the Green Bay Packers’ Adams in receiving votes from all 50 members of a nationwide panel of media members: Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor, Pittsburgh Steelers edge rusher T. J. Watt and Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
Donald made the team for the seventh consecutive season, and Watt was on it for a third straight time. It was the second selection for Adams, while Taylor and Kupp are newcomers.
Donald was far from the only player making a repeat appearance. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers made the first team for the fourth time, as did Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce. One better than them: Dallas Cowboys right guard Zack Martin and Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker, at five.
Three-time all-pros were Colts linebacker Darius Leonard, Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey and
Steelers defensive tackle Cam Heyward. Double all-pros were Cleveland Browns edge rusher Myles Garrett and Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard.
The other 14 all-pros made their debuts: 49ers left tackle Trent Williams, Browns left guard Joel Bitonio, Tampa Bay Buccaneers right tackle Tristan Wirfs, Ravens tight end Mark Andrews, 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel, Cowboys rookie linebacker Micah Parsons, Packers linebacker De’vondre Campbell, Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs, Buffalo Bills safety Jordan Poyer, Las Vegas Raiders punter A. J. Cole, New York Jets kick returner Braxton Berrios, Ravens punt returner Devin Duvernay, New Orleans Saints special teams ace J.T. Gray and Colts long snapper Luke Rhodes.
CHIEFS: Running back Clyde Edwards-helaire will miss Kansas City’s first-round playoff game against the Steelers on Sunday night with a hurt collarbone.
Edwards-helaire practiced on a limited basis Wednesday but did not practice at all after that.
The oft-injured Edwards-helaire missed five games this season with a sprained knee ligament. He returned to start five games before leaving early in the second half of the Chiefs’ 36-10 romp over Pittsburgh on Dec. 26.
EAGLES: Running back Miles Sanders is expected to play against the Buccaneers on Sunday less than a month after he fractured his hand.
Sanders underwent surgery shortly after the injury Dec. 26 against the New York Giants. He did not have a cast on his hand when he practiced this week, and Coach Nick Sirianni said he will have “no limitations” Sunday.
BUCCANEERS: Wide receiver Cyril Grayson and running back Ronald Jones will be sidelined against the Eagles.
Coach Bruce Arians said he felt “pretty good” about edge rushers Shaq Barrett and Jason PierrePaul playing Sunday. Linebacker Lavonte David and running backs Leonard Fournette and Giovani Bernard could suit up as well after returning to practice this week.
PATRIOTS: New England won’t have starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn against the Bills’ fearsome defensive line Saturday after he missed practice all week with hip and ankle injuries.
Cornerback Jalen Mills also may be unavailable. He was put on the covid-19 reserve list Tuesday.
COWBOYS: Reserve linebacker Keanu Neal was ruled out for Sunday against the 49ers because of chest and elbow injuries.
Starting left tackle Tyron Smith (knee/ankle) and safety Jayron Kearse (hamstring), who did not play in Week 18 against Philadelphia, should be good to go.
TEXANS: General Manager Nick Caserio defended his decision to fire David Culley as coach after just one season, citing differences in opinion about the organization’s path forward.
Caserio declined to go into details over where they differed, saying it was “not necessarily one specific thing.”
CHARGERS: Coach Brandon Staley fired special teams coordinator Derius Swinton II and assistant special teams coach Mayur Chaudhari.
BEARS: Chicago interviewed former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores and former Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland for its vacant coach and GM jobs.
MISC.: Saousoalii Siavii Jr., 43, a former defensive tackle for the Chiefs, Cowboys and Seahawks, was found dead in a Kansas federal prison, a prison official said.