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Morning Links: Pro Bowl players revealed

12/27/2013

SAN DIEGO – Good morning. The NFL will announce players selected to the Pro Bowl this year at 9 p.m ET on the NFL Network.

After being shut out in 2012, the San Diego Chargers have several possibilities for this year’s team, including quarterback Philip Rivers, tight end Antonio Gates and center Nick Hardwick. This year’s Pro Bowl will be different in that Pro Bowl captains Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice will draft teams after the selections are announced, so it will not be the traditional AFC vs. NFC.

Darren Sharper of the NFL Network says Philip Rivers is a lock to make the Pro Bowl. Check out the video.

ESPN Chiefs beat reporter Adam Teicher writes that Kansas City receiver Dwayne Bowe likely will not play against San Diego on Sunday because of lingering concussion symptoms.

John Beech of CBS Sports reports that the cheapest for the Kansas City-San Diego game is $81, which is No. 10 among the 16 games this weekend. The game has been announced as a sellout by the Chargers, so it will be shown on TV locally.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated gets a jump on Black Monday, looking at head coaching situations that could open up with the end of the regular season next week. Banks writes that Houston remains a possibility for San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, and that Minnesota and Oakland could be potential landing spots if those jobs open up.

Chris Wesserling of NFL.com ranks San Diego’s defensive nucleus as No. 26 in the league. Seattle tops the list.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com gives us a scouting report on the Chargers-Chiefs matchup.

John Gennaro of Bolts from the Blue compares this year’s Chargers to the 2000 team.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego writes that the Charges are making progress on blackouts, with only one this season after four last year.