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Welker, Light give Pats eight Pro Bowlers

Two more New England Patriots became Pro Bowlers on Wednesday, inflating the number to eight. The honors could turn out to be ceremonial.

Wide receiver Wes Welker and left tackle Matt Light were added as alternates. They'll join quarterback Tom Brady, guard Logan Mankins, nose tackle Vince Wilfork, linebacker Jerod Mayo, cornerback Devin McCourty and safety Brandon Meriweather -- unless, of course, the Patriots reach the Super Bowl.

In that case, all of them will need to be replaced by other alternates. The Pro Bowl takes place in Honolulu a week before the Super Bowl.

Welker's inclusion probably is more out of respect for his remarkable comeback from reconstructive knee surgery than his production. Welker had trouble with drops this season, but his 86 receptions tied for sixth in the league. He gained 848 yards and scored seven touchdowns.