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Three Browns earn Pro Bowl nods

Nick Chubb, Joel Bitonio and Myles Garrett selected to NFL’s annual all star game.

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The Cleveland Browns had three players selected to the Pro Bowl on Monday as running back Nick Chubb, left guard Joel Bitonio and defensive end Myles Garrett were all tapped for the league’s annual all-star game

Bitonio and Garrett were both named as starters when the rosters for the AFC and NFC teams were announced Monday evening on the NFL Network.

This is the third consecutive year that Bitonio has been selected to the Pro Bowl, making him the first Browns guard to accomplish that since Gene Hickerson, who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, made six consecutive Pro Bowls from 1966 to 1971, according to clevelandbrowns.com.

Bitonio, who was a second-round selection by the Browns in the 2014 NFL Draft, is a key member of an offensive line that is among the league’s best and helped turn the Browns running game into an elite unit.

Chubb, who made the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive season, has also played a major role in a Cleveland rushing attack that is third in rushing yards. Chubb has 931 rushing yards, the fifth-best mark in the league, and 10 rushing touchdowns despite missing four games earlier in the season with a knee injury.

He is the first Cleveland running back to make consecutive Pro Bowls since Mike Pruitt in 1980 and 1981, according to the team’s website.

Garrett joins Chubb with his second Pro Bowl selection. Garrett leads the Browns in sacks with 11, which makes him the first player in franchise history with multiple seasons of 10 sacks or more, according to the team’s website.

He has accomplished that despite missing two games while on the Reserve/COVID-19 list and still being hampered by the virus since returning to the field in Week 13 against the Tennessee Titans.

The most notable omissions from the Browns are right guard Wyatt Teller, who has been one of the league’s best guards but likely does not have the name recognition needed to be selected, wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who had made five consecutive Pro Bowls, and cornerback Denzel Ward, who is one of the league’s top corners.

According to NFL.com, the 2021 Pro Bowl was originally scheduled for January 31 in Las Vegas, but the league canceled the game due to COVID-19. In its place, the league will have this year’s Pro Bowl players compete virtually within the Madden NFL 21 video game.