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Browns C Alex Mack added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster; LT Joe Thomas named to the AP All-Pro Team

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 24, 2011

Updated at 3:30 p.m. with Joe Thomas being named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team

Browns center Alex Mack has been added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster, the NFL announced today.

He'll join Browns left tackle Joe Thomas on Sunday at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Thomas was also named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team today.

Mack, who was selected as a second alternate, will replace New York Jets center Nick Mangold, who suffered a leg injury in the AFC Championship Game this past Sunday. Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday will replace Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, whose team is headed to the Super Bowl.

"I'm very excited to be able to go to Hawaii," Mack said in a statement. "It's unfortunate that Nick had to get injured for me to go, but I'm looking forward to representing the Browns. It has been a lifelong dream for me and from here on, it's working to make many more. I'm excited to be going, and I can't wait to play in this game."

Mack, who was picked 21st overall in the 2009 NFL Draft, has not missed an offensive snap since joining the Browns two seasons ago. This past season, he helped pave the way for running back Peyton Hillis' five 100-yard rushing performances. As a team, the Browns averaged 4.0 yards per carry.

Mack, 25, is one of six Browns centers to earn Pro Bowl honors and the first since Tom DeLeone in 1981. Thomas, 26, has made the Pro Bowl every season since he was drafted third overall in 2007.

For the first time since 1981, the Browns will have at least two offensive linemen in the Pro Bowl. DeLeone, guard Joe DeLamielleure and tackle Doug Dieken represented the Browns that year.


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