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The Texans, who’ve been among the AFC’s best teams this season, will only send two players to the Pro Bowl in January. Arian Foster and Johnathan Joseph have been named as reserves, but the rest of the team’s standouts are alternates at best.
This is Foster’s second trip to the Pro Bowl in as many seasons. He ranks third in the league with 1,224 rushing yards and has scored 12 touchdowns despite missing 2 1/2 games due to hamstring issues early this season.
Joseph makes the Pro Bowl for the first time in his first season as a Texan. After signing a five-year, $49 million contract in the offseason, Joseph has been a big part of turning one of the league’s worst defenses in 2010 into one of the best in 2011.
Several seemingly deserving Texans were left off the AFC Pro Bowl roster: Brian Cushing, who was named as a rookie in 2009; Duane Brown, who has not allowed a sack all season; Eric Winston and Chris Myers, who have helped pave the way for the second best rushing offense in the league.
All are considered among the best at their positions.
Outside linebacker Connor Barwin is having an outstanding season but appears to have been a victim of a crowded field at outside linebacker, Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs, who is a candidate for this year’s defensive player of the year honors, Kansas City’s Tamba Hali and former Aggie standout Von Miller, who is a candidate for NFL defensive rookie of the year.
Barwin, Brown, Cushing, Myers, tight end Owen Daniels, receiver Andre Johnson, kick returner Jacoby Jones, defensive ends Antonio Smith and J.J. Watt were named as alternates for the AFC squad.