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Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Both Everson Griffen and Anthony Barr will not participate in the Pro Bowl due to injury. Griffen will be replaced by Seahawks DE Michael Bennett, Barr by Panthers LB Thomas Davis. Linval Joseph, Kyle Rudolph and Harrison Smith were named to the Pro Bowl today, replacing Fletcher Cox, Jimmy Graham and Landon Collins, respectively.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers are hiring Ryan Downard, who had been the safeties coach at Bowling Green State University the last two years, according to the school. Downard will join the defensive staff under new coordinator Mike Pettine. Downard previously worked for Pettine with the Cleveland Browns. The Packers still have not announced Pettine's hiring or the other staff changes made this offseason.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

The Giants made the hiring of Pat Shurmur official. He becomes the 18th head coach in franchise history.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett has been added to the NFC's Pro Bowl roster as an injury replacement for Minnesota's Everson Griffen. Bennett makes his third straight Pro Bowl after leading the team in tackles for loss (14) and quarterback hits (24) and finishing second in sacks (8.5). He's the sixth Seahawk to be named to the Pro Bowl, joining quarterback Russell Wilson, tight end Jimmy Graham, free safety Earl Thomas, linebacker Bobby Wagner and wide receiver Doug Baldwin. Baldwin was also an injury replacement while the other four were original selections. Wagner won't play in the Pro Bowl because of an injury.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles doesn't know what the future holds but he wants to be back and get a chance to work with OC Nathaniel Hackett again.


Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Witten on what it means to be playing in his 11th Pro Bowl: "I consider it a privilege to play alongside the best of the best in our league and look forward to getting to Orlando. I enjoy being around the young stars of the game. I learned a lot in my early years by observing some older veterans in not just how they practiced but in how they conducted themselves off the field. Hopefully, I will be able to give back some of what I have experienced."