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Fins add Pro Bowler, two Jets all-decade

1/27/2010

A few Pro Bowl-oriented notes regarding the AFC East . . .

Miami Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter is a Pro Bowler.

The AFC needed a proxy because San Diego Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding, last seen missing three field goals in a playoff loss to the New York Jets, pulled out of the game.

Carpenter was summoned easily enough because the Pro Bowl is being played in the Dolphins' stadium.

His 89 percent success rate on field goals ranked third among AFC kickers with at least 20 attempts. His 112 points ranked seventh within the conference.

The NFL on Wednesday also revealed some names from the all-decade team, that will be announced formally at 5:30 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPN.

The NFL let us know the all-decade members who are playing in the Pro Bowl. Of those 12, two have connections to the AFC East: Jets left guard Alan Faneca and former Jets center Kevin Mawae.

If you're wondering whether the all-decade headliner will be New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady or Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, chances are both will make the team. The NFL said the 53-player all-decade team will include two quarterbacks.