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Browns get a Pro Bowler after all! Joe Schobert gets the AFC honor

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He replaces the injured Ryan Shazier.

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When Pro Bowl rosters were named at the end of December, none of the Cleveland Browns made it...but starting middle linebacker Joe Schobert stood a fair chance at still making it by virtue of being a first alternate. Today, he got the good news.

Schobert replaces Ryan Shazier of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who suffered a serious back injury earlier this season. Among Schobert’s accolades:

  • Finished the season with 144 tackles, tied for the most in the NFL according to the official team site.
  • Was only one of three defensive players in the NFL to play 100% of his team’s snaps in 2017.
  • Is the first Browns linebacker to make the Pro Bowl since Jamir Miller did it in 2002.

The Browns have had at least one player in the Pro Bowl since 2007. Hat tip to Brent Sobleski of The OBR for also pointing out this nugget, in homage to left tackle Joe Thomas: