CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The winless Cleveland Browns did not have any players named to the Pro Bowl, but 2 players were named alternates Tuesday night.
Middle linebacker Joe Schobert was named a first-alternate and left guard Joel Bitonio was named a second-alternate.
Schobert, a fourth round pick – No. 99 overall – in the 2016 draft, is tied for first in the NFL with 127 tackles, according to NFL.com totals and has played every defensive snap this season, joining fellow linebacker Christian Kirksey and NY Jets and former Browns linebacker Demario Davis as the only players to do so for their teams this season.
With Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier injured, it is highly likely Schobert, who has also added 3 forced fumbles, 2.5 sacks, 2 passes defensed and an interception this season, will be elevated to represent the Browns.
Bitonio, selected in the second round of the 2014 draft, hasn’t missed a snap this season after finishing the last 2 on injured reserve.
Joe Thomas’ 10-year Pro Bowl streak officially ended after Thomas was placed on injured reserve as a result of tearing a left biceps tendon against Tennessee in October.