Indianapolis Colts' Jonathan Taylor, Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Tom Brady revealed among first players...

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor, who led all players in Pro Bowl voting by fans, was one of the first players revealed Monday by the NFL as being named to the 2022 Pro Bowl.

Other players who were revealed for the Pro Bowl squad early were Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, defensive tackle Aaron Donald and wide receiver Cooper Kupp of the Los Angeles Rams.

With the game to be played at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Feb. 6, the NFL also revealed three members of the Las Vegas Raiders who made the Pro Bowl: defensive end Maxx Crosby, linebacker Denzel Perryman and punter AJ Cole.

The NFL also announced that five Cleveland Browns players had been selected to the Pro Bowl: defensive end Myles Garrett, running back Nick Chubb, cornerback Denzel Ward and guards Joel Bitonio and Wyatt Teller.

The rest of the Pro Bowl roster will be announced on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. Players will be selected based on voting from fans, players and coaches, with each group's tally having equal weight in the selection of the 80 players.

Taylor, a 22-year-old who received 265,370 votes in fan balloting, leads the NFL in scrimmage yards (1,854), rushing yards (1,518), total touchdowns (19) and rushing touchdowns (17) in his second NFL season. This is his first Pro Bowl selection, and he is the first Colts running back to be selected for a Pro Bowl since Joseph Addai in 2007.

Brady was selected to his record 15th Pro Bowl. He had been tied for first in Pro Bowl selections with tight end Tony Gonzalez, quarterback Peyton Manning, offensive lineman Bruce Matthews and defensive tackle Merlin Olsen. The 44-year-old leads the NFL in passing yards (4,134) and touchdown passes (36).

Kelce, 32, was selected to his seventh consecutive Pro Bowl. He leads all tight ends with 1,066 yards and has seven touchdowns.

This is 30-year-old Donald's eighth straight Pro Bowl selection. The four-time Defensive Player of the Year has 10 sacks this season, in which he set the Rams' franchise record for career sacks. He currently has 95.5.

Kupp, who is 28 and in his fifth season, leads the NFL with 1,489 receiving yards, 113 receptions and 12 touchdown catches. This is his first Pro Bowl selection.

Perryman, 29, has a career-high 133 tackles this season, which leads the AFC. Cole, 26, leads the NFL with a punting average of 51.1 yards. These are the first Pro Bowl selections for both players.

Garrett, who is 25 and second in the NFL this season with 15 sacks, was selected to his third Pro Bowl. Chubb, who is also 25 and was selected to his third straight Pro Bowl, has 1,017 yards rushing this season and eight total touchdowns (seven rushing, one receiving).

Later Monday, before the Vikings and Bears kicked off, Minnesota running back Dalvin Cook, wide receiver Justin Jefferson and safety Harrison Smith also were named, joining Chicago outside linebacker Robert Quinn and return specialist Jakeem Grant Sr.

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