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Thursday, December 30, 2010
Zach Miller could be Pro Bowl-bound

By Bill Williamson

With San Diego tight end Antonio Gates likely out of the Pro Bowl because he was put on the injured reserve with a foot injury, Oakland tight end Zach Miller is expected to be promoted to the game because he reportedly was the No. 1 alternate.

Miller has 55 catches, for 654 yards and five touchdowns this season. It would be his first Pro Bowl appearance. Miller would join teammates Nnamdi Asomugha, Shane Lechler and Richard Seymour in the Pro Bowl. Gates can still be cleared to play in the Pro Bowl. He must be cleared by Jan. 18 to play in the Jan. 30 game. I wouldn’t be surprised if Miller is promoted before then because it will be decided that Gates won’t play.

Expect several alternates to be to be promoted because players will back out or they won’t be able to play because their team advances to the Super Bowl.