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Four Redskins selected to Pro Bowl





By Tommy Chalk

December 20, 2016

The NFL announced Tuesday that four Washington Redskins will participate in the 2017 Pro Bowl.

Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, tight end Jordan Reed, left tackle Trent Williams and offensive guard Brandon Scherff will be the Redskins‘ representatives. Cornerback Josh Norman, quarterback Kirk Cousins and wide receiver/kick returner Jamison Crowder will serve as alternates.

Kerrigan will participate in his second career Pro Bowl. This season, Kerrigan has 11 sacks, good for the fifth-most in the NFL. Kerrigan’s 11 sacks are just 2.5 behind his previous single-season high, set in 2014. This is the sixth time in the last eight years that a Redskins linebacker has been selected to the Pro Bowl.

Williams has been selected for the fifth straight season. Williams joins safety Ken Houston and linebacker Chris Hanburger as the only players in Redskins history to be selected to five straight Pro Bowls. An offensive captain for the team, Williams is a critical piece in an offensive line that ranks third in sacks allowed. Earlier this season, Williams was suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s drug policy.

Scherff, in his second NFL season, joins Williams. Since he was drafted with the fifth overall pick in 2015, Scherff has started all 30 regular season games. If he finishes out the season, Scherff will join Jon Jansen and Chris Samuels as the only Redskins offensive lineman to start 16 games in each of his first two seasons. This is the first time Washington has sent two offensive linemen to the same Pro Bowl since 1991, when tackle Jim Lachey and guard Mark Schlereth were rostered.

Reed is enjoying a successful season despite a slew of injuries, including a concussion and a Grade 3 AC joint separation. Reed has 61 receptions for 646 yards and five touchdowns in 11 games. Reed is the first Redskins tight end selected to the Pro Bowl since Chris Cooley in 2008.

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