Andrew Luck replaces Tom Brady
Six replacements for injured or unavailable players were named Monday to the AFC roster for Sunday's Pro Bowl.
Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels, Buffalo Bills teammates C.J. Spiller and Kyle Williams, Denver Broncos teammates Zane Beadles and Demaryius Thomas and Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito were added to the AFC team.
Luck, Daniels, Beadles and Thomas take the place of injured New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski, guard Logan Mankins and receiver Wes Welker. Nose tackle Vince Wilfork, also of the Patriots, withdrew from the Pro Bowl as well.
Spiller, Williams and Incognito take the place of three Ravens players -- running back Ray Rice, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and guard Marshal Yanda -- who won't play in the game after Baltimore advanced to the Super Bowl
Daniels will make his second Pro Bowl appearance (2008 was his first) and becomes the ninth Texan chosen this season. Left tackle Duane Brown, running back Arian Foster, receiver Andre Johnson, cornerback Johnathan Joseph, center Chris Myers, quarterback Matt Schaub, left guard Wade Smith and defensive end J.J. Watt were also selected. Brown, Foster, Johnson, Joseph and Watt were named starters.
Daniels caught 62 passes for 716 yards in 2012, his seventh season. He led the Texans with a career-high six touchdown catches.
Spiller enjoyed the first 1,000-yard season of his career, rushing for 1,244 yards and six touchdowns. He became the third Bills player in franchise history to achieve 100 yards from scrimmage in at least 11 games, joining franchise greats Thurman Thomas and O.J. Simpson.
Williams had five sacks and 46 tackles for Buffalo this season.
"To be recognized by the fans, your peers and the coaches you play against means a lot," Williams said in a statement. "Our goal next year, as it is every season, is to still be competing at this time. It would be great for us, the fans and the city of Buffalo if we'd be able to watch the Pro Bowl next year as we're continuing our journey for a Super Bowl."
Thomas had 1,434 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns. Beadles played every snap on offense and allowed one sack.
Incognito, an eighth-year pro out of Nebraska, started all 16 games in 2012 for the Dolphins. The Pro Bowl selection is the first for Incognito.
Information from The Associated Press and ESPN Boston.com's Field Yates was used in this report.
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