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C.J. Spiller, Kyle Williams chosen as Pro Bowl replacements

By Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller and defensive tackle Kyle Williams have been selected for the Pro Bowl.

They will go as replacements for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. Players who make it to the Super Bowl don't play in the Pro Bowl and are swapped out by alternates.

Surprisingly, the replacement for Ravens safety Ed Reed was not Jairus Byrd. That player has not been declared yet.

The Pro Bowl will be a proper finish for Spiller's breakout campaign. He rushed for 1,244 yards, averaged 6.0 yards a carry, added 459 receiving yards and scored a team-high eight touchdowns.

Williams is going to the Pro Bowl for a second time. He made 48 tackles and was second on the Bills with five sacks.

"It's always an honor to represent your team and the city of Buffalo in the Pro Bowl," Williams said in a comment released by the Bills. "To be recognized by the fans, your peers and the coaches you play against means a lot.

"Our goal next year, as it is every season, is to still be competing at this time. It would be great for us, the fans and the city of Buffalo if we'd be able to watch the Pro Bowl next year as we're continuing our journey for a Super Bowl."

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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

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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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