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By Danny Cox

As the 2012 NFL regular season comes ever nearer to a close, there are a lot of things going on everywhere you look. Pro Bowl voting is in full swing and that means a lot to some players, but others could really care less. The playoffs are almost here and 12 teams are looking forward to postseason action, but the future could soon see more teams make it.

Oh, and there was a minor fire out at Lambeau Field. Merry Christmas!

Rookies Andrew Luck and RG3 among Pro Bowl vote leaders

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 09: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(Credit, Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Less than one week remains in the fan voting for the 2013 Pro Bowl, and rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are right there at the top with some of the veterans as leading vote-getters. Three quarterbacks from each conference will make the game, and if the voting was to end today, both rookies would be on their respective squads.

In the NFC, RG3 is the second in quarterback fan voting for the Pro Bowl as he only trails Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. In third place is Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, who is a good 23,000 votes ahead of Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons.

Over in the AFC, Andrew Luck is currently in third place for quarterbacks. He trails Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. Luck holds a very slim lead – of about 16,000 votes – over Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger.

Minor fire started by construction work, causes minor fire at Lambeau Field

Some construction work at Lambeau Field sparked a small fire on Wednesday, and it ended up causing some damage. Luckily, the historic stadium of the Green Bay Packers only got about $5,000 worth of damage.

It appears as if a beam was being cut near the fourth floor of the stadium when sparks actually landed inside a wall and lit up some foam insulation. The fire was fought slowly so that the wall didn’t have to be opened and allow the flames to spread.

When all was said and done, the area was evacuated, one firefighter had a minor back injury, and the damage was minimal.

Roger Goodell says the NFL is considering expanding the playoffs to 14 or 16 teams

Presently, there are 12 teams that head to the NFL playoffs with six teams from the AFC and six from the NFC representing their respective conferences. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell mentioned on Wednesday that playoff expansion is currently being discussed and could become a reality soon.

“Right now we’re with 12 teams obviously. We’ll look at probably 14 or 16 teams,” Goodell said.

Heading to the NFL playoffs is a huge accomplishment and is restricted to only 12 teams of the 32 total. Expanding the playoffs would kind of lessen that accomplishment and make it seem like it isn’t as big or important. At the end of things, a team’s ultimate goal is win the Super Bowl, but it still isn’t a good idea.

Goodell let it be known that this idea has been thrown around before, but obviously hasn’t happened. The NFL knows though that more playoff teams in the race means more playoff games and therefore, more television money.

That…that just won’t sit well at all with anyone.

For more Local Football Bloggers and the latest NFL news, see CBS Sports Las Vegas.

Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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