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Vick, 7 Falcons make Pro Bowl

Troy Polamalu has been out two weeks. "If he's healthy, [he'll play]," Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin said.
Troy Polamalu has been out two weeks. "If he's healthy, [he'll play]," Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin said. (Karl Walter)

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Associated Press
Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Michael Vick's sensational comeback season made a big impression throughout the NFL, not just in Philadelphia.

The Eagles' quarterback, who sat out two seasons while serving a federal sentence for dogfighting, will start for the NFC in the Jan. 30 Pro Bowl in Honolulu.

Vick was selected in a league-wide vote by NFL players, coaches and fans.

Vick made three Pro Bowls with Atlanta before he was suspended by the league and served jail time for running a dogfighting ring. This season, he has gone from a seldom-used backup to the NFC's leading passer, the catalyst for Philadelphia's dynamic offense. Besides Vick, the Eagles had four other players selected.

Atlanta, which leads the NFC with a 12-3 record, had the most Pro Bowlers with seven, including quarterback Matt Ryan, wide receiver Roddy White and defensive end John Abraham.

New England (13-2), the AFC leader, had six Pro Bowlers, led by quarterback Tom Brady, the league's top passer who will make his sixth trip to the game - providing the Patriots don't make the Super Bowl. The game will be played the Sunday before the title game at Cowboys Stadium.

Baltimore, Green Bay and Dallas also had five players voted in Tuesday.

Four rookies were chosen, with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh of Detroit a starter for the NFC. Cornerback Devin McCourty of New England, kick returner Marc Mariani of Tennessee and center Maurkice Pouncey of Pittsburgh made the AFC squad.

l STEELERS: Pittsburgh probably won't know until Friday whether safety Troy Polamalu can play in Sunday's final regular season game at Cleveland.

Polamalu hasn't played or practiced for two weeks because of an injured right Achilles' tendon. Coach Mike Tomlin said he won't practice Wednesday or Thursday.

"Troy is improving," Tomlin said Tuesday. "We're going to look at him and watch him move. It's not out of the realm of possibility he could play. If he's healthy, he will."

If Polamalu can't go Friday, he won't play against the Browns (5-10), who upset the Steelers, 13-6, in Cleveland last season.


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