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Four Bears to Pro Bowl

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Dec 19, 2007 1:40PM

2007_12_sports_probowl_logo.gifToo bad Brian Urlacher's monster game on Monday night came too late in the season for it to impact Pro Bowl voting by coaches and players. While he won the fans' vote, the Bears' middle linebacker was not selected to February's Pro Bowl for only the second time in his career — and the first in which he played the whole year.

However, an injury-induced sub-par season didn't keep one teammate from receiving an invite to Hawaii. Tommie Harris was selected for the postseason all-star game, along with linebacker Lance Briggs, kick/punt returner Devin Hester and special teams specialist Brendon Ayanbadejo.

We're not surprised by the absence of Bears offensive players on the roster. Clearly most of the offense has no business expecting an invite, but even perennial All-Pro Olin Kreutz failed to make the team this year.

Meanwhile, back at Halas Hall the coaching staff is still trying to select their starters for the Meaningless Bowl. Will we see Kyle Orton or Brian Griese take the field against the Packers on Sunday? Our bet's on Griese, since Lovie Smith knows that winning against Green Bay earns a lot of cred in this town.