Three members of the Buffalo Bills' defense are on their way to the Pro Bowl – but the absence of two other defenders might be even more notable.
FS Jairus Byrd, DT Kyle Williams and DE Mario Williams were named to the team Friday night.
Byrd and Kyle Williams are repeats from last year. Byrd made the team despite only playing 10 games this year due to a foot injury. He's third in the AFC with four interceptions. He also had 45 tackles and a sack. This is his third Pro Bowl.
Kyle Williams is also playing his third Pro Bowl. He's posted a career-high 10.5 sacks this season along with 65 tackles and 21 quarterback hits.
Mario Williams is playing in his third Pro Bowl but his first with the Bills. He leads the team with 13 sacks, good for third in the NFL. He has 34 total tackles and a forced fumble. He made two previous Pro Bowls with the Houston Texans.
Not on the Pro Bowl rosters were two Bills – LB Kiko Alonso and DT Marcell Dareus – who were the leading vote-getters in the fan portion of Pro Bowl voting (which counted one-third toward the selections). Alonso is fourth in the NFL with 145 tackles. He also has four interceptions and two sacks. Dareus has set career highs in tackles (67) and sacks (7.5).
Both still could make the roster, though. The two teams that will end up playing in the Super Bowl will withhold their players from the Pro Bowl, which will be played in the week between the conference title games and the Super Bowl. So replacements for those players will have to be named at that time.
The game will be played Jan. 26. Players have been pooled by position in a conference-less format. A fantasy draft will be held Jan. 22, with two team captains picking players from the position pools for their sides.
This is the first time since 2004 that three Bills defenders (Sam Adams, Nate Clements, Takeo Spikes) have been selected to the Pro Bowl.
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