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Updated: January 15th, 2013 9:24pm
No Pro Bowl for Cullen Loeffler: Lions long snapper chosen instead

No Pro Bowl for Cullen Loeffler: Lions long snapper chosen instead

by Tom Pelissero
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Cullen Loeffler's trip to Honolulu will have to be just a vacation.

The Detroit Lions announced on Tuesday their long snapper, Don Muhlbach, has been selected to the NFC Pro Bowl team.

Loeffler, 31, said earlier this month he will attend the Pro Bowl as a guest of his teammate, place-kicker Blair Walsh. He hoped to be added to the roster, too.

Unlike other positions, long snappers are chosen by the team's coach, which this year is Green Bay's Mike McCarthy. He went with Muhlbach even though neither of the Lions' other specialists made the team. Walsh is the NFC's kicker and New Orleans' Thomas Morstead is the NFC's punter.

The Vikings have five players going to the Pro Bowl and could end up with more, based on injuries or players making the Super Bowl. Walsh, halfback Adrian Peterson, fullback Jerome Felton and end Jared Allen were selected in the initial voting and linebacker Chad Greenway was added as an alternate.

The game will be played on Jan. 27 at Aloha Stadium.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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