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Ryan Shazier among Steelers’ 8 Pro Bowl picks

Joe Rutter

Ryan Shazier was one of eight Steelers players selected to the Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Tuesday night.

Cam Heyward was not.

Shazier, who is on injured reserve with a spinal cord injury, was selected to the annual all-star game after being added to the game last year as a reserve. He was the only Steelers defensive player on the AFC roster. Heyward, who leads the Steelers with 10 sacks, was not picked despite heavy campaigning by Steelers players on his behalf.

Six offensive players from the Steelers were selected — quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le’Veon Bell, wide receiver Antonio Brown, center Maurkice Pouncey, guard David DeCastro and tackle Alejandro Villanueva — in addition to kicker Chris Boswell.

The eight selections are the most for the Steelers since they had nine players picked in the 2005 season.

Roethlisberger was named for the sixth time in his career and fourth year in a row. Brown also was selected for the sixth time, including the fifth in a row. Bell was selected for the third time.

Among the offensive linemen, Pouncey was named for the sixth time, DeCastro for the third in a row and Villanueva for the first time. Boswell also is a first-time selection.

The game will be played Jan. 28 in Orlando.

Joe Rutter is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @tribjoerutter.

Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier makes an interception in front of the Ravens' Benjamin Watson in the fourth quarter.
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