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Vikings pick up 5 additions to Pro Bowl, including Cousins

Tue Jan 21 3:55pm ET
By DAVE CAMPBELL
AP Pro Football Writer

Players: Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Tannehill, Kirk Cousins, Travis Kelce, Julio Jones, Jack Doyle, Kyle Juszczyk, Mike Evans, Davante Adams, Amari Cooper, Kenny Golladay, George Kittle, Austin Hooper, Alvin Kamara, D.J. Chark, Tyreek Hill, Dalvin Cook, Christian McCaffrey, Chris Godwin, Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, C.J. Ham, Mecole Hardman

Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) runs after intercepting a pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have five additions to the NFC Pro Bowl roster, giving them eight players in the all-star game for their highest total in 10 years.

The NFL announced Tuesday that quarterback Kirk Cousins, defensive end Everson Griffen, fullback C.J. Ham, linebacker Eric Kendricks and cornerback Xavier Rhodes were picked as replacements. Running back Dalvin Cook, defensive end Danielle Hunter and safety Harrison Smith were originally selected for the exhibition Sunday in Orlando, Florida. The Vikings sent nine players to the Pro Bowl after the 2009 season.

With San Francisco reaching the Super Bowl, defensive end Nick Bosa, fullback Kyle Juszczyk, tight end George Kittle and cornerback Richard Sherman automatically dropped out from the 49ers. That opened spots for Griffen, Ham, Rhodes and Atlanta tight end Austin Hooper.

Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner was dealing with ankle and knee injuries that he said last week would likely keep him out of the Pro Bowl, paving the way for Kendricks to make it for the first time. Kendricks was a first team All-Pro selection.

Cousins will fill in for Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, whose team lost to San Francisco in the NFC championship game. His left tackle, David Bakhtiari, also backed out for injury, replaced by Philadelphia's Lane Johnson. The Packers had three additions for injury absences: wide receiver Davante Adams (Atlanta's Julio Jones), defensive tackle Kenny Clark (Los Angeles Rams' Aaron Donald) and outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith (Chicago's Khalil Mack).

Other NFC subs announced by the league: Detroit wide receiver Kenny Golladay (Tampa Bay's Chris Godwin), Dallas wide receiver Amari Cooper (Tampa Bay's Mike Evans), Carolina guard Trai Turner (Philadelphia's Brandon Brooks), New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara (Carolina's Christian McCaffrey), Dallas linebacker Jaylon Smith (Carolina's Luke Kuechly) and Chicago cornerback Kyle Fuller (Los Angeles Rams' Jalen Ramsey).

AFC champion Kansas City had six players needing subs, with the following replacements tabbed for the Chiefs: Indianapolis tight end Jack Doyle (Travis Kelce), Buffalo return specialist Andre Robers (Mecole Hardman), Jacksonville wide receiver D.J. Chark (Tyreek Hill), Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill (Patrick Mahomes), Jacksonville defensive end Josh Allen (Frank Clark) and Tennessee defensive tackle Jurrell Casey (Chris Jones).

The AFC roster also added these players for injury: Baltimore tackle Orlando Brown (Oakland's Trent Brown), Cleveland guard Joel Bitonio (Pittsburgh's David DeCastro), Indianapolis center Ryan Kelly (Pittsburgh's Maurkice Pouncey), Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram (teammate Joey Bosa), Buffalo linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (New England's Dont'a Hightower) and Pittsburgh cornerback Joe Haden (Baltimore's Marcus Peters).

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Fantasy Spin: Harbaugh also said they aren't going to adjust the offense to be more pass-heavy. So long as Jackson is healthy, he'll be a top fantasy QB for the foreseeable future due to his added production on the ground.

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Fantasy Spin: Brown is expected to be fine in time for Sunday's NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers. He'll represent a contrarian pivot from either Mike Evans or Chris Godwin.

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Fantasy Spin: Evans didn't practice much last week and was targeted just three times in the NFC Divisional Round game against the New Orleans Saints. His day was saved by a three-yard touchdown catch, but it was his only reception. He should be more involved in the NFC Championship with another week of recovery under his belt.

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Fantasy Spin: Diggs has posted at least 100 yards in five of his last six games and is a must-start fantasy option if he is active for the game.

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Fantasy Spin: Mahomes is going through the concussion protocol but may be able to do more during practice over the next few days. He is one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL when healthy and should be a starting option if he is active.

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