Source: Jake Long pulls out of Pro Bowl

Miami Dolphins tackle Jake Long and Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson have pulled out of the Pro Bowl because of injuries, an NFL source has informed me.

Their withdrawals opened the door for New England Patriots left tackle Matt Light and receiver Wes Welker to be selected to their third Pro Bowls.

Long injured his shoulder in Week 10, but didn't miss a start. He has been selected to the Pro Bowl each of his three NFL seasons since being drafted first overall.

Johnson has an ankle injury. He battled the problem all year and was deactivated for the regular-season finale.