Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett and Cleveland Browns safety Donte Whitner have been selected for the Pro Bowl.
They replace New England's Rob Gronkowski and Seattle's Earl Thomas, with the Patriots and Seahawks headed to the Super Bowl.
Bennett's selection is the first for him and the first by a Bears tight end since Hall of Famer Mike Ditka earned one for the 1965 season. He led NFL tight ends with a club-record 90 receptions and was third at the position with 916 yards receiving.
Whitner, headed to his third straight Pro Bowl, had 106 tackles in his first season with the Browns. A Cleveland native, he signed with them after spending his first eight seasons with Buffalo and San Francisco.
The Pro Bowl is Sunday in Glendale, Arizona.
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