Bucs' Lavonte David, Logan Mankins headed to Pro Bowl
The Bucs' presence at the Pro Bowl has doubled to four players, with LB Lavonte David and LG Logan Mankins announced as replacements for Super Bowl-bound players on Sunday night.
Denver's victory in the AFC Championship means that OLBs Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware can't play in Sunday's Pro Bowl in Hawaii, and David, selected as an alternate, is now headed to Hawaii for the first time in his four-year career,. Carolina's win in the NFC title game means Trai Turner can't go, so Mankins replaces him for his seventh career Pro Bowl appearance.
David, 26, led the Bucs with a career-best 147 tackles in 2015, also finishing with three sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. Mankins, 33, who earned six Pro Bowls with the Patriots, was part of an offensive line that helped Doug Martin finish second in the NFL in rushing.
They will join two Bucs teammates who were previously selected in RB Doug Martin and DT Gerald McCoy. The four Bucs match the team's biggest Pro Bowl showing since they had seven after the 2002 season, when they won Super Bowl XXXVII.