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Butler, Jones make first appearance on Pro Bowl list

Malcolm Butler, a Patriots cornerback, was selected for his first Pro Bowl.Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The undefeated Carolina Panthers led the NFL with 10 players selected for the Pro Bowl on Tuesday.

The Patriots had seven players selected, including quarterback Tom Brady for the seventh straight year and a franchise-record 11th time overall. He is joined by six other Patriots, including first-timers Chandler Jones, Jamie Collins, and Malcolm Butler.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski and kicker Stephen Gostkowskiare making their fourth appearance each and Matthew Slater was named to his fifth straight Pro Bowl as a special teamer.

The Panthers are two wins away from a perfect regular season. Quarterback Cam Newton was picked for the third time, and five of his teammates were first-time selections, including cornerback Josh Norman and linebacker Thomas Davis.


Joining them will be center Ryan Kalil, who was picked for the fifth time, and linebacker Luke Kuechly, a former Boston College player, who earned his third selection.

Seattle and Arizona each had seven players selected, and Cincinnati had five players picked.

Leading the way for the Seahawks was quarterback Russell Wilson, who was the only member of the offense picked. The rest of the selections were defensive end Michael Bennett, safety Kam Chancellor, special teamer Tyler Lockett, cornerback Richard Sherman, safety Earl Thomas and linebacker Bobby Wagner.

Raiders safety Charles Woodson, who announced on Monday that he will retire after the season, was selected for the ninth time.

Also selected was Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who has 91 catches for 1,396 yards and 13 touchdowns, tied for the league lead. Beckham was given a one-game suspension on Monday for his conduct on Sunday against Carolina, when he drew three personal foul penalties.

Twenty-five players selected were first-timers, including three rookies: the Rams' Todd Gurley, Lockett and the Chiefs' Marcus Peters.

Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin will serve as alumni team captains for their Pro Bowl teams. The draft will be on Jan. 27.


The Pro Bowl will be held on Jan. 31 in Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Globe correspondent Tim Healey contributed to this article.