Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris will make it to the Pro Bowl after all. The Redskins announced Monday that Morris will play in the postseason all-star game after Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy withdrew, citing an injury.
It's the second consecutive appearance for Morris, but it also comes after a tough season by his standards. Morris rushed for 1,074 yards-- 11th best in the NFL -- and averaged 4.05 yards per carry. He also scored eight touchdowns.
But Morris also had a career-low 265 carries, a function of how often the Redskins trailed and an offense that at times veered away from the run. Morris averaged 2.0 yards after contact, tying his career best set a year ago (his yards before contact of 2.05 were the fewest among any back with 1,000 yards this season). Morris became the first player in franchise history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons.
Morris received a recent increase in salary for 2015 based on his playing time in his first three seasons.
Morris initially was an alternate to the Pro Bowl for the 2014 game as well. Last year, he rushed twice for four yards but caught four passes for 69 yards.
Morris will join left tackle Trent Williams as the only Redskins on the Pro Bowl roster this season. The game will be played Sunday in Glendale, Arizona.