CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 10: Josh Cribbs #16 of the Cleveland Browns stiff-arms Daniel Sepulveda #9 of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 10, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Greg Shamus/Getty Images)
Josh Cribbs knew he would be named to the Pro Bowl after the AFC Championship game. He just didn’t know whose place he would be taking.
Cribbs was the first alternate for either Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones (kick returner) and New England’s Matthew Slater (special teamer). With the Ravens’ win over the Patriots, Jacoby Jones will not be participating in the Pro Bowl as he prepares for the Super Bowl. That means Cribbs will become the AFC’s kick returner-
“Cleveland Browns kick returner Joshua Cribbs has been named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster, the league announced today. Cribbs replaces Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones on the team.
This marks Cribbs’ third career Pro Bowl selection as he also earned the honor following the 2007 and 2009 seasons as the AFC’s kick returner. He finished fourth in the NFL this year in kickoff return average (27.4) and sixth in punt return average (12.0). He also added nine special teams tackles. Cribbs also became just the sixth player in league history to total 12,000 or more career kick and punt return yards.
Cribbs joins Joe Thomas (tackle) and Phil Dawson (kicker) who were previously named starters on the AFC Pro Bowl squad. With three players selected to the Pro Bowl, this marks the most the Browns have had since the 2009 Pro Bowl when the Browns also had three players named to the team. The 2013 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 27 in Honolulu, Hawaii, and televised by NBC in prime time at 7:00 p.m. ET.”
D’Qwell Jackson was the first alternate to replace Jerod Mayo if the Patriots had won. The loss means Jackson will likely not make the club, unless an injury replacement is needed.
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