Voters on NFL.com have made their choice. Quarterback Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers is the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for games played on Dec. 15-19, the NFL announced Friday.
After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/rookies throughout the month of January. The winner will be announced at a press conference at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.
PEPSI ROOKIE OF THE WEEK NOMINEES
A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Green caught six passes for 115 yards in the Bengals' 20-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams.
Aldon Smith, San Francisco 49ers
Smith registered 2.5 sacks in the 49ers' 20-3 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Greg Little, Cleveland Browns
Little hauled in five catches for 131 yards and a touchdown in the Browns' 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Newton threw for 149 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' 28-13 victory over the Houston Texans. Newton also added 55 yards on seven carries on the ground.
Chris Rucker, Indianapolis Colts
Rucker registered a fumble recovery and 11 tackles, including six solo stops, in the Colts' 27-13 win over the Tennessee Titans.