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Ryan Shazier added to Pro Bowl roster, while trio of offensive stars pass on the All-Star game

Ryan Shazier was a late addition to the NFL’s All-Star game, while a trio Pittsburgh stars pass on the festivities.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers were hoping the decision to play, or not to play, in the 2017 Pro Bowl would be made for them. In other words, they would be preparing for Super Bowl 51 in Houston, and not be able to go to the NFL’s All-Star game.

While Ben Roethlisberger, Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell were the only players originally selected for the team, there has been a late addition — Ryan Shazier.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley backed out of the game, which meant Shazier was added in his place. Shazier is the only Steelers defender to be on the Pro Bowl roster, and the first defensive player to go to the game in several seasons.

As for those offensive players listed above, Le’Veon Bell has back out of the contest with his groin injury, and another duo have opted to join him on the “I’ll pass” list.

Roethlisberger and Pouncey have both stated they will not be heading to the Pro Bowl, but with them not playing, and Shazier getting a nod as a replacement, it shouldn’t degrade Shazier’s accomplishments in 2016.

Shazier finished the 2016 regular season with 87 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 9 pass defenses and 3 interceptions. All those stats with Shazier missing 3 weeks with a knee injury in the first quarter of the season.

In the playoffs, Shazier added 18 tackles, 2 interceptions and 2 pass defenses in a three game span. Add it all together and that is a Pro Bowl season.

With Shazier added, it means he will be joined by Antonio Brown and David DeCastro as the Steelers representatives in next weekend’s festivities.