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Bucs’ Mike Evans named a Pro Bowl replacement

The wide receiver will represent Tampa Bay in the Pro Bowl on Jan. 27 in Orlando.
Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans (13) runs out of the tunnel before a game against the Steelers earlier this season in Tampa. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans (13) runs out of the tunnel before a game against the Steelers earlier this season in Tampa. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Published Jan. 7, 2019|Updated Jan. 7, 2019

TAMPA — The Bucs will have a representative in this month's Pro Bowl after all.

Wide receiver Mike Evans will take Falcons wideout Julio Jones' spot in the game, the Bucs announced on Monday.

Evans previously was named a first alternate for the Pro Bowl, which will take place Jan. 27 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

Jones, one of four receivers selected to represent the NFC, pulled out of the game because of an injury.

Evans set a Bucs franchise record this season with 1,524 receiving yards, breaking Mark Carrier's single-season mark set in 1989 (1,418 yards). His 17.7 yards-per-catch average it the third-highest single-season mark in NFL history for players with at least 85 catches.

This will be Evans' second Pro Bowl appearance, making him the first Bucs receiver to play in the game twice. He was also named to the 2016 game.

Evans became just the sixth receiver in NFL history to compile 6,000 career receiving yards in his first five seasons, joining an exclusive group that consists of Torry Holt, Randy Moss, Jerry Rice, Jones and A.J. Green.

Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was named a third alternate.

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard.