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Taylor, Wood, Incognito added to Pro Bowl

The Buffalo Bills will be represented in the Pro Bowl after all.

The team announced Monday that center Eric Wood, quarterback Tyrod Taylor and left guard Richie Incognito have been named to the game’s lineup, replacing players from both the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers.

Carolina’s 10 Pro Bowlers are not eligible for the game after advancing to the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Wood replaces Panthers center Ryan Kalil, while Taylor replaces Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Incognito replaces Arizona guard Mike Iupati.

Wood, Taylor and Incognito were originally chosen as alternates for the game, which will be held Sunday (7 p.m., ESPN) at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

Wood and Taylor will each make their first Pro Bowl appearance, while Incognito will make his second – he was also honored after the 2012 season.

Buffalo’s lone player to be originally selected to the game, running back LeSean McCoy, will not participate because of a knee injury suffered late in the 2015 season.

Taylor, who will be the first Bills quarterback to play in the Pro Bowl since Drew Bledsoe in 2002, compiled a 99.4 passer rating this past season – his first as a starter. That ranks second in franchise single-season history, behind only Hall of Famer Jim Kelly’s 1990 season. Taylor also set a single-season franchise record for rushing yards by a quarterback, finishing with 568 yards on the ground.

Wood played every offensive snap for the Bills, who led the NFL in total rushing yards (2,432) and yards per carry (4.78). Buffalo had three players top 500 rushing yards (McCoy with 895, Taylor and rookie Karlos Williams with 517) for the first time since 1962. Wood will be the first Buffalo center in the Pro Bowl since Kent Hull in 1990.

Incognito, 32, turned a one-year contract from the Bills into one of the best seasons of his 10-year career. He took every offensive snap, joining Wood as the only two players on the team to do that, and graded out as one of the best guards in the NFL, according to analytics website Pro Football Focus. Incognito is the first guard to represent the Bills in the Pro Bowl since Ruben Brown in 2003.

Counting McCoy, the Bills have four Pro Bowlers on the offensive side of the ball for the first time since 2002 (Bledsoe, Brown, running back Travis Henry and wide receiver Eric Moulds).

As they have for the past two seasons, Pro Bowl rosters will be set via a draft, with Hall of Fame receivers Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice serving as captains of the two teams. Wood, Taylor and Incognito will find out which team they are on when the league holds its selection show Wednesday (7:30 p.m., ESPN2).

email: jskurski@buffnews.com

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