Tuesday, December 16, 2008 4:51 PM
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens have placed five players on the AFC Pro Bowl squad on Tuesday, including middle linebacker Ray Lewis and free safety Ed Reed, for the 10th and fifth time, respectively.
Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, special-teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo, and fullback Le'Ron McClain made the NFL's annual all-star game as backups.
McClain is a first-time selection, making the game after rushing for a team-high 693 yards and seven touchdowns while splitting time between fullback and tailback.
In the final year of a $50 million contract, Lewis, 33, leads the team with 139 tackles and has recorded three sacks and three interceptions. He's a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Reed leads Baltimore with five interceptions, returning two for touchdowns, including a league-record 107-yard return against he Philadelphia Eagles. The one-time former NFL Defensive Player of the Year is the franchise's all-time leader with 39 career interceptions.
In his first year in Baltimore after signing as a free agent during the offseason, Ayanbadejo made the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive year after being named twice during his tenure with the Chicago Bears. He leads Baltimore with 26 special-teams tackles, recovering one fumble. Suggs ranks second on the team with 90 tackles and leads Baltimore with 71/2 sacks.
This is the former NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year's third Pro Bowl selection. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (70 tackles, two interceptions) and punter Sam Koch (44.8 average) were the most prominent snubs in the balloting, but faced extremely strong competition in the AFC.