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Martellus Bennett added to Pro Bowl

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett was named to the Pro Bowl on Monday as a replacement for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who is unable to participate due to his club advancing to the Super Bowl.

Bennett becomes the franchise’s first tight end since Hall of Famer Mike Ditka received Pro Bowl recognition after the 1965 season, and marks the first time the seven-year veteran was named to the league’s annual all-star game.

Bennett led all tight ends in the NFL with a career-high 90 receptions, finished third at his position in receiving yards (916) and tied for seventh in receiving touchdowns (six), setting career highs in all three of those statistical categories.

Bennett set a single-season franchise record for receptions for tight ends and joined guard Kyle Long among the club’s Pro Bowlers.