Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright and tight end Jimmy Graham have been added to the NFC Pro Bowl team, bringing to six the number of Seahawks currently scheduled to play in the game.
Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham and linebacker K.J. Wright have been added to the NFC Pro Bowl team, it was announced Tuesday, a development that helps Wright fulfill what he admitted was a career goal of getting an invite to the game.
Each was added as replacements for injured players — Wright steps in for Washington outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and Graham will fill in for Washington tight end Jordan Reed.
Defensive ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, cornerback Richard Sherman and linebacker Bobby Wagner were earlier named to the team.
It will be the first appearance for Wright, a player whom may around the team thought should have made it last year and been invited on the first round of selections this season.
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Wright set career highs this season with 126 tackles, four sacks and 12 tackles-for-a-loss and acknowledged when the original lineups were announced last month that he was disappointed not to make it.
“I gotta get one for my career,” Wright, who has been with the Seahawks since 2011, said then. “When I saw the list, I was happy for everybody. Good players, well deserving of it. I just thought I was in that conversation. I did see I was first alternate. I didn’t know that. My dad called me later on that night and said, ‘You see your first alternate?’ That kind of cheered me up.”
At the time, Wagner echoed his disappointing that Wright had been denied.
“I think K.J. definitely should have been in there,” Wagner said. “My personal opinion. He’s have a great year. He’s consistently getting better. His stats compare with anybody that’s in the Pro Bowl.”
This will be Graham’s fourth Pro Bowl appearance overall and first with the Seahawks after a season in which he had 65 receptions for 923 yards — each franchise records for a tight end — as well as six touchdowns.
The game will be played Jan. 29 in Orlando.
It is the sixth consecutive season Seattle has had at least five Pro Bowl players.
Seattle was also well-represented last year when QB Russell Wilson as the offensive MVP and Bennett the defensive MVP.
The format this year again features the NFC against the AFC after a few years of experimenting with a draft system.
Wright and Graham had each been named as alternates. Six other Seattle players remain alternates and could get invites later if other players pull out — WR Doug Baldwin, QB Russell Wilson, center Justin Britt, safety Kam Chancellor, return specialist Tyler Lockett and kicker Steven Hauschka.