Eight Houston Texans named to AFC Pro Bowl roster, along with five alternates


The AFC Pro Bowl roster was announced Wednesday and a team-record eight Texans made the team.

The players receiving the honors, with number of Pro Bowl selections in parentheses, are wide reciever Andre Johnson (6), running back Arian Foster (3), quarterback Matt Schaub (2), offensive tackle Duane Brown (1), center Chris Myers (2), guard Wade Smith (1), defensive end J.J. Watt (1) and cornerback Johnathan Joseph (2).

Foster, Johnson, Joseph, Brown and Watt were all named starters.

Houston's eight Pro Bowlers are the most of any team in the AFC this season and are the most in team history, surpassing the previous high of five back in 2009. The five starters are also a team record. This marks the ninth consecutive season that the Texans have had at least one player selected to the Pro Bowl.

Texans LB Bryan Braman, FB James Casey, TE Owen Daniels, SS Danieal Manning and DE Antonio Smith were named as alternates for the AFC squad.

The Texans are 12-3 and look to clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win Sunday in Indianapolis.

The Pro Bowl will be played in Honolulu, Hawaii on Jan. 27, 2013.

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