Washington Commanders defensive tackle Daron Payne joined the NFC roster for the Pro Bowl games on Thursday.
The former high school native of Shades Valley and Alabama is the first injury substitute for this season’s All-Star event.
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Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald will not be able to participate. Donald missed the last six games of the Los Angeles schedule with an ankle injury.
Payne is the 12th former Crimson Tide player selected for this season’s Pro Bowl games. The others are:
· Washington Commanders defensive tackle Jonathan Allen
· Philadelphia Eagles guard Landon Dickerson
· Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs
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· Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey
· Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts
· Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs
· CJ Mosley, centerline defensive tackle for the New York Jets
· Denver Broncos cornerback Patrick Surtain II
· New York Jets defensive tackle against Quinnen Williams
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The selection is Payne’s first.
For Dickerson, Hurts, Surtain and Williams, the Pro Bowl selection is also the first of their careers. Mosley has now been a Pro Bowl selection five times, Fitzpatrick, Henry and Humphrey three times each, and Allen, Diggs and Jacobs twice each.
In his fifth NFL season, Payne set career highs with 64 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, 20 quarterback hits and five pass breakups in 2022.
Payne led the NFL defensive interior linemen in tackles for loss and the NFC defensive interior linemen in sacks this season.
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In September, the NFL eliminated the Pro Bowl game and replaced it with the Pro Bowl games, a skill contest, and flag football competition for select players. But the Pro Bowl All-Star honor remains.
The decisions made by fans, players and coaches each contributed a third to determining the Pro Bowl game rosters for the AFC and NFC teams.
The 7-on-7 flag soccer game featuring the Pro Bowl players will be held February 5 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas as the culmination of a multi-day AFC vs. NFC competition in which All-Stars demonstrate their soccer, rather than soccer, skills in a variety of competitions.
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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.