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Pro Bowl chance for Lynch?

Posted by Chris Brown on January 28, 2009 – 5:55 pm

Tennessee running back Chris Johnson was named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster after a breakout campaign as a rookie this season, but he suffered a high ankle sprain in the Divisional playoff game against Pittsburgh on Jan. 12.

A day after the Titans loss to the Steelers, Johnson was wearing a walking boot and head coach Jeff Fisher expressed some uncertainty as to whether Johnson would be able to play in the Pro Bowl.

“He has components of a high ankle sprain,” Fisher said. “He’ll remain in the boot. I can’t say whether or not he’ll be back for the Pro Bowl.”

A league source confirms that Johnson has been rehabbing the injury at the Titans complex with the hope of playing in the game. But a decision will have to be made one way or the other this week.

If Johnson cannot go and has to pull out of the Pro Bowl. There’s a good chance Marshawn Lynch would be the replacement. Lynch was confirmed as a Pro Bowl alternate, but the league doesn’t provide a list of Pro Bowl alternates so it’s hard to say if anyone is ahead of him in line at the running back position.

Lynch finished 5th in the AFC in rushing (1,036). The only possible alternate ahead of Lynch is Houston’s Steve Slaton, who finished 2nd in the AFC in rushing with almost 1,300 yards.

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