Stephon Gilmore, who is tied for the league lead with six interceptions, was one of three New England Patriots named to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday.

Gilmore is joined on the AFC roster for the Pro Bowl by linebacker Dont’a Hightower and special teams player Matthew Slater.

Slater earned his eighth Pro Bowl selection, which is the most for a special teams player in NFL history. Steve Tasker previously held the record.

Gilmore, who has returned two interceptions for touchdowns, is heading to the Pro Bowl for the third time. Hightower, who has 61 tackles, four sacks and one fumble recovery returned for a touchdown, is making his third trip.

Baltimore had 12 players named to the Pro Bowl – tying a record – led by second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Quarterback Drew Brees is one of seven selections from the New Orleans Saints on the NFC roster.


The Pro Bowl will be held in Orlando on Jan. 26.

LIONS: Detroit is sticking with its leaders in the front office and on the field, hoping continuity helps the franchise have success that has been elusive for several decades.

The Lions announced General Manager Bob Quinn and Coach Matt Patricia will be retained for the 2020 season and suddenly ended speculation about their plans with them.

PATRIOTS: After dealing with an elbow injury in recent weeks, quarterback Tom Brady was not listed among those limited in practice this week,  a positive sign for his health going down the stretch.

Cornerback Jonathan Jones did not participate due to a groin injury he sustained Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Wide receiver Julian Edelman, who was questionable Sunday with knee and shoulder issues, continues to be hampered by those same injuries. He was limited on Tuesday.


STEELERS: Coach Mike Tomlin said that Devlin “Duck” Hodges will make his fourth straight start on Sunday when the Steelers (8-6) visit the New York Jets (5-9).

JETS: New York placed rookie offensive lineman Chuma Edoga and wide receiver Jeff Smith on season-ending injured reserve.

BRONCOS: The NFL suspended Denver safety Kareem Jackson for the final two regular-season games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

DOLPHINS: Linebacker Raekwon McMillan was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury  and linebacker Calvin Munson was signed off the New England Patriots’ practice squad to take his roster spot.

GIANTS: New York placed tight end Evan Engram on injured reserve, ending another injury-filled season, and signed wide receiver David Sills off the practice squad.

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