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Bills shut out of Pro Bowl

By Mark Gaughan

The Buffalo Bills have come up empty in the all-star department.

For the third straight season, no Bills were selected for the NFL's Pro Bowl, to be played Jan. 27 in Hawaii.

Safety Jairus Byrd figured to be the Bills' top prospect in the voting, conducted by NFL players, coaches and fans. He was beaten out despite the fact he's tied for the AFC lead in interceptions with five.

It’s still possible a Bill could get a trip to Hawaii. The Bills’ last representative in the game was defensive tackle Kyle Williams in 2010. He was a first alternate that season and was named to the squad due to an injury to another player.

If the Bills don’t get a replacement spot in the game, it will be the first time the franchise has gone two straight seasons without a Pro Bowl player since 1985 and 1986. Each of the next 22 years, through 2008, the Bills had at least two players who made the Pro Bowl. Byrd was the lone Bill in the game in 2009, his rookie season. Williams was the lone Bill the next year.

Other Bills who figured to have a shot to make the team but were beaten out included running back C.J. Spiller and return man Leodis McKelvin. Spiller ranks third in the AFC in yards from scrimmage but he's fifth in rushing yards, and just three running backs are named to the team. McKelvin has two punt returns for touchdowns this season. But just one return man is named to the squad. Baltimore's Jacoby Jones and three kick returns for touchdowns.


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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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