RENTON – For the second straight season, the Seahawks had six players named to the Pro Bowl in selections announced by the NFL on Friday night.
Those honored include cornerback Richard Sherman, who leads the NFL in interceptions with eight and is making his first appearance.
The other five Seahawks named have played in at least one previous Pro Bowl. Those players are safety Kam Chancellor, running back Marshawn Lynch, safety Earl Thomas, center Max Unger and quarterback Russell Wilson.
It is the fourth Pro Bowl for Lynch, the third for Thomas and the second for Unger, Wilson and Chancellor.
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Lynch, Unger, Thomas and Wilson all made the game a year ago while Lynch, Chancellor and Thomas also all were named in 2011.
With Chancellor, Thomas and Sherman all being selected, it is the second time in the past three years that three members of Seattle’s Legion of Boom secondary have been named to the Pro Bowl. Chancellor, Thomas and cornerback Brandon Browner were each named in 2011.
Three Seahawks were named as alternates — left tackle Russell Okung, kicker Steven Hauschka and receiver Golden Tate as a punt returner. Those players are eligible to be named to the game if another player selected cannot play.
The teams are selected after voting by fans, players and coaches. Sherman received more votes from fans than any other defensive player.
The game will be played Jan. 26 in Honolulu. However, unlike in past years when the Seahawks players were assured of participating for the NFC, this year’s game features a new format in which players will be assigned to teams through a draft. The draft will take place on Jan. 22.
The record for Seattle players named to the Pro Bowl is seven in 2005, the only season the Seahawks advanced to the Super Bowl, and 1984, when Seattle went 12-4.
Seattle had six players picked in 2007, 2012 and 2013.
Baldwin returnsto kickoff-return duty
The last time Doug Baldwin practiced returning kickoffs was two years ago. Then an undrafted rookie, he made the opportunity count in a 105-yard return for touchdown in an exhibition game against the Denver Broncos.
Baldwin was pressed into duty last week against Arizona when Robert Turbin struggled to hold on to the ball and Jermaine Kearse was out with an ankle injury.
“The only guy left was me,” said Baldwin, who had impressive returns of 37 and 20 yards against the Cardinals.
Carroll noted Friday that Baldwin, who has often reminded his coach of the 105-yarder from 2011, will continue to return kickoffs Sunday against St. Louis.
“Hopefully not very many,” the coach quipped.
• Other than Percy Harvin and K.J. Wright, already declared out for the week, the only player who is much of an injury question mark heading into the weekend is Kearse, battling a sprained ankle.
• Defensive end Red Bryant sat out practices earlier in the week with a knee injury. But he was a full participant Friday and listed as probable.
• Carroll said J.R. Sweezy will return to starting at right guard after missing last week’s game with a concussion. Michael Bowie filled in for Sweezy against Arizona. “He’s played a lot of games for us,’’ Carroll said. “The continuity is really important. This is a difficult defense, with a lot of scheme and a lot of communication issues.”
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