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Browns safety Donte Whitner added to Pro Bowl

CLEVELAND -- The Pro Bowl will have quite the Cleveland Browns defensive backfield presence.

Browns safety Donte Whitner told ESPN.com late Monday morning that he's headed to the Pro Bowl as an alternate. Whitner will replace Super Bowl-bound Seahawks safety Earl Thomas in the game.

Whitner joins safety Tashaun Gipson and cornerback Joe Haden as Browns defensive backs in the Pro Bowl. Also, left tackle Joe Thomas is making his eighth straight appearance.

Whitner will be appearing in his third Pro Bowl, two of which came with the 49ers. Whitner finished this past season with 106 tackles, one forced fumble and one interception, serving as one of the Browns' best run-stoppers.