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Paul Posluszny, Derrick Johnson box out Kiko Alonso as Pro Bowl replacements


Kiko Alonso isn't going to the Pro Bowl.

Marcell Dareus is.

Dareus was chosen to replace San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith.

Dareus was a breakout performer and will make his first Pro Bowl appearance. He will join fellow Buffalo Bills defensive linemen Mario Williams and Kyle Williams and safety Jairus Byrd in Aloha Stadium on Sunday.

Alonso, the NFL's leader in fan voting among inside linebackers, seemed a possibility to replace either of the 49ers' injured linebackers, NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis.

But the Kansas City Chiefs announced today Derrick Johnson would replace Bowman, and the Jacksonville Jaguars announced former Bills linebacker Paul Posluszny would go for Willis.

Alonso theoretically could break the roster if somebody else pulls out, but that's unlikely at this juncture.

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict are healthy and will relish their first Pro Bowls (some veterans who've been to the Pro Bowl before will come up with bogus injuries to avoid the trip and stay home).

The NFL doesn't reveal who Pro Bowl alternates are. Teams know, but many, like the Bills, decline to inform their alternates until they've been added to the Pro Bowl roster. Some teams are concerned agents will use "alternate" status as an honor when negotiating future contracts.

  • Robert McAvoy

    Another former Bills in the Pro Bowl. That makes Williams, Peters, Clements, Whitner, Fletcher, Spikes, Lynch, McGahee and Posluszny. I know you can't keep all these players, but imagine if we had kept just half of these guys.

    • Rick Sniders

      broke and with a lot of misguided, unhappy whiners. NONE of them "wanted" to be here, so good riddance. we want players AND coaches that WANT to be Bills.

  • Robert McAvoy

    Yes, some fans only want the critieria as players who want to be in Buffalo. Like Brad Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Shawn Merriman, anthony Allen, Kourtnei Brown, Randy Colling, Nick Barnett, Cornell Green, Dwan Edwards, Andra Davis, Reggie Torbor and Mark Anderson. (Note: Mario Williams was a great, I repeat, great signing.) .
    The only good guy they kept (Stevie) they are trying to run out of town.

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

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