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NFL: Colts lead way with seven Pro Bowl selections

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The Indianapolis Colts led the way with seven Pro Bowl selections when the rosters were announced Wednesday evening.

The Colts’ Pro Bowlers include star running back Jonathan Taylor, one of the leading contenders for NFL Most Valuable Player, and standout linebacker Darius Leonard.

The Chiefs and Chargers had six selections each, including Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles signal-caller Justin Herbert.

Five other teams have five representatives selected for the Feb. 6 game in Las Vegas:

–The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ contingent is led by quarterback Tom Brady, who set an NFL record with his 15th Pro Bowl nod, although tackle Tristan Wirfs is the team’s lone Pro Bowl starter.

–Linebacker Micah Parsons, one of four rookies on the Pro Bowl rosters, highlights the Dallas Cowboys’ five Pro Bowl selections. Trevon Diggs, who leads the NFL with 10 interceptions, also was named a starter, as was veteran guard Zack Martin.

–The Baltimore Ravens’ group includes quarterback Lamar Jackson and features one starter, tight end Mark Andrews.

–Defensive end Myles Garrett highlights the Cleveland Browns’ quintet, which also includes starting guard Joel Bitonio.

–The San Francisco 49ers have four starters among their five Pro Bowl picks — fullback Kyle Juszczyk, tackle Trent Williams, tight end George Kittle and defensive end Nick Bosa.

The starting quarterbacks for the NFC is the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers. Herbert will be backed up on the AFC roster by Mahomes and Jackson, while Rodgers is joined on the NFC roster by Brady and the Arizona Cardinals’ Kyler Murray.

In addition to Parsons, the other rookies on the Pro Bowl teams are Cincinnati Bengals wideout Ja’Marr Chase, Chargers offensive tackle Rashawn Slater and Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts. Chase and Slater are starters on the AFC squad.

The complete Pro Bowl rosters:

(*starter)

AFC OFFENSE

Quarterback
Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers*; Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs; Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

Running back
Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts*; Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns; Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals

Wide receiver
Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs*; Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals*; Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills; Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers

Tight end
Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens*; Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Offensive tackle
Rashawn Slater, Los Angeles Chargers*; Orlando Brown, Kansas City Chiefs*; Dion Dawkins, Buffalo Bills

Offensive guard
Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts*; Joel Bitonio, Cleveland Browns*; Wyatt Teller, Cleveland Browns

Center
Corey Linsley, Los Angeles Chargers*; Ryan Kelly, Indianapolis Colts

Fullback
Patrick Ricard, Baltimore Ravens

AFC DEFENSE
Defensive end
Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns*; Maxx Crosby, Las Vegas Raiders*; Trey Hendrickson, Cincinnati Bengals

Interior linemen
DeForest Buckner, Indianapolis Colts*; Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs*; Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers

Outside linebacker
T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers*; Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers*; Matt Judon, New England Patriots

Inside/middle linebacker
Darius Leonard, Indianapolis Colts*; Denzel Perryman, Las Vegas Raiders

Cornerback
J.C. Jackson, New England Patriots*; Xavien Howard, Miami Dolphins*; Denzel Ward, Cleveland Browns; Kenny Moore II, Indianapolis Colts

Free safety
Kevin Byard, Tennessee Titans*

Strong safety
Derwin James, Los Angeles Chargers*; Tyrann Mathieu, Kansas City Chiefs

AFC SPECIAL TEAMS
Long snapper
Luke Rhodes, Indianapolis Colts*

Punter
A.J. Cole, Las Vegas Raiders*

Placekicker
Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens

Return specialist
Devin Duvernay, Baltimore Ravens

Special teamer
Matthew Slater, New England Patriots

NFC OFFENSE
Quarterback
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers*; Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals

Running back
Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings*; James Conner, Arizona Cardinals; Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints

Wide receiver
Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams*; Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers*; Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings; Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers

Tight end
George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers*; Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons

Offensive tackle
Trent Williams, San Francisco 49ers*; Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers*; Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys

Offensive guard
Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys*; Brandon Scherff, Washington Football Team*; Ali Marpet, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Center
Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles*; Ryan Jensen, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fullback
Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco 49ers*

NFC DEFENSE
Defensive end
Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers*; Brian Burns, Carolina Panthers*; Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints

Interior linemen
Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams*; Jonathan Allen, Washington Football Team*; Kenny Clark, Green Bay Packers

Outside linebacker
Chandler Jones, Arizona Cardinals*; Robert Quinn, Chicago Bears*; Shaquil Barrett, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Inside/middle linebacker
Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys*; Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks

Cornerback
Trevon Diggs , Dallas Cowboys*; Jalen Ramsey, Los Angeles Rams*; Darius Slay, Philadelphia Eagles; Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints

Free safety
Quandre Diggs, Seattle Seahawks*

Strong safety
Budda Baker, Arizona Cardinals*; Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings

NFC SPECIAL TEAMS
Long snapper
Josh Harris, Atlanta Falcons*

Punter
Bryan Anger, Dallas Cowboys*

Placekicker
Matt Gay, Los Angeles Rams*

Return specialist
Jakeem Grant, Chicago Bears*

Special teamer
J.T. Gray, New Orleans Saints*

–Field Level Media

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