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Updated: January 10th, 2013 4:28pm
Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway added to NFC Pro Bowl roster

Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway added to NFC Pro Bowl roster

by Tom Pelissero
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Chad Greenway is going back to the Pro Bowl.

The Minnesota Vikings announced on Thursday afternoon that Greenway has been added to the NFC team, replacing Dallas' DeMarcus Ware, who dropped out with a shoulder injury.

Greenway also was added to the Pro Bowl roster last season, when he led the Vikings with 174 tackles. He finished with 191 tackles (121 solo) this season -- his fifth consecutive year leading the team -- and was named an alternate.

The Vikings now have five players -- Greenway, halfback Adrian Peterson, fullback Jerome Felton, place-kicker Blair Walsh and end Jared Allen -- on the Pro Bowl team. More could be added as players are replaced for injuries or by making the Super Bowl.

Center John Sullivan is a first alternate. Left tackle Matt Kalil also is an alternate. Long snapper Cullen Loeffler is making the trip as Walsh's guest and hopes to be picked by the coaching staff.

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

More honors

Pro Football Weekly and the Pro Football Writers' Association named Peterson their Most Valuable Player and Comeback Player of the Year and Walsh their Golden Toe award winner.

Peterson, Walsh and Sullivan all were named to the PFW/PFWA All-NFL team, too. Walsh, Kalil and safety Harrison Smith were named to the All-Rookie team.

The Associated Press' awards, which generally are regarded as the NFL's "official" awards, aren't handed out until Feb. 2.

Vikings players voted Peterson their offensive MVP, Greenway the defensive MVP and Walsh the special teams MVP.

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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