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2012 NFL Pro Bowl Roster Released

The NFL released the 2012 Pro Bowl roster earlier tonight. Despite the poor season, the Miami Dolphins were able to land two players on the AFC's Pro Bowl roster, with one of them named a starter in his fourth straight Pro Bowl selection.

Left tackle Jake Long, despite being injured throughout this season and struggling as compared to his normal high level of play, was once again named to the Pro Bowl roster, starting at tackle along with the Cleveland Browns' Joe Thomas. Long tore a bicep during the Dolphins' Week 16 loss to the New England Patriots and will not be able to play in the game, but was able to continue his streak of being named to the roster every year he has been in the league.

The Dolphins also find wide receiver Brandon Marshall on the roster. Marshall went to the Pro Bowl as a Denver Bronco in 2008 and 2009 before missing it last year, his first in Miami. However, his 1,177 yards through Week 16 (10th highest total in the league) did manage to get him back on the roster in 2011. Marshall has a 15.3 yards per catch average, and 6 touchdowns on the year. Frustrating for the Dolphins and their fans this season has been Marshall's drops, but his production still lands him a spot on the roster. The starters at wide receiver are New England's Wes Welker and Pittsburgh's Mike Wallace. Joining those two and Marshall is Cincinnati rookie A.J. Green.

While alternate players for the game are not released, it will be interesting to see if any more Dolphins are added to the roster as injuries and the Super Bowl cause players to lose eligibility for the game. Among those who could be considered are punter Brandon Fields, defensive end Randy Starks, linebackers Karlos Dansby and Cameron Wake, running back Reggie Bush, and center Mike Pouncey.

The San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots led the league with either players each named to the game.