>>Bears Lineman Chris Long Makes Pro Bowl
Chicago Bears right guard Kyle Long has been selected to his second Pro Bowl in two NFL seasons.
The son of Hall of Famer Howie Long becomes the first Bears offensive lineman to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first two seasons. He is also the first Chicago player to be selected in his first two years since return specialist Devin Hester in 2006 and 2007.
Long was picked in 2013 after being drafted 20th overall and made it again this season, one of the few bright spots on a Chicago team that's 5-10 heading into its final game at Minnesota. He sat out last week's loss to Detroit because of a hip injury, but coach Marc Trestman was optimistic Tuesday that Long will be ready to play against the Vikings.
>>Donald, Quinn Named To Pro Bowl
(New York, NY) -- Rams rookie defensive tackle Aaron Donald and defensive end Robert Quinn were selected to the Pro Bowl last night. The pair will appear in the NFL's annual All-Star Game on January 25th in Arizona.
>>Nine Broncos Highlight Pro Bowl Selections
(New York, NY) -- Nine members of the Denver Broncos highlighted the NFL Pro Bowl selections Tuesday night. Quarterback Peyton Manning was one of the selections that helped the Broncos led all teams in representatives. The Cowboys led all NFC teams with six selections, including quarterback Tony Romo and wide receiver Dez Bryant. Only the New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans did not have a player selected.
For the second consecutive year, the two teams will be selected via a draft setup that replaced the old AFC-NFC format. Hall of Fame wide receivers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin were selected in July as alumni captains for the game, which will be held January 25th at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Among the notable omissions from the initial roster for this year's NFL All-Star Game was Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who was named a first alternate.
>>Lions' Raiola Loses Appeal, Out Against Green Bay
(Detroit, MI) -- The NFL is denying Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola's [[ rye-OH-luh's ]] appeal of his one-game suspension. Raiola is officially suspended for Sunday's game at Green Bay for stomping the ankle of Bears defensive lineman Ego Ferguson over the weekend. The winner of the game will be the NFC North champion and will have a first-round bye in the playoffs. Raiola has six player-safety violations since 2010, and was fined 10-thousand-dollars for an illegal club to the head of a New England Patriots player earlier in the season. Sunday will be the first time in Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford's career that he's had anyone other than Raiola as his starting center.