At the last minute, the Indianapolis Colts continued a streak since 1999 of being represented by at least two players in the Pro Bowl.
Cornerback Vontae Davis and safety Mike Adams, who earned their first Pro Bowl selections last year, were named as replacements on Sunday night. Davis is subbing for Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris, Jr., who will be playing in Super Bowl 50. Adams will take the place of Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor, who will sit out due to injury.
The All-Star game between Team Michael Irvin and Team Jerry Rice is at 7 p.m. Sunday (ESPN) at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. A draft to decide teams will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (ESPN2).
Although Davis, 27, had a stronger season in 2015, he’s still considered one of the league’s better cover cornerbacks. He started all 16 games for the second time in his seven-year career. His team-high 16 passes defended ranks 11th in the league. He was sixth on the team with 50 tackles (38 solo). Three of four interceptions came in the red zone.
The Colts acquired Davis from Miami for a second-round draft choice before the 2012 season. He became the team’s highest-paid player in 2104 with a four-year, $36-million contract, including $20 million guaranteed.
His selection shortly after the Broncos earned a trip to the Super Bowl on Sunday afternoon ensured the Colts would have at least one Pro Bowl player since 1998.
Adams, added later Sunday evening, has had two of the best seasons of his 12-year career since joining the Colts as an offseason free-agent addition. Although he missed three games due to injury last season, he was fourth on the team with 76 tackles (54 solo).
Perhaps just as importantly, he’s been a turnover machine for a defense in need of playmakers. Adams tied last season’s career best with five interceptions. He also had three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. The three forced fumbles are a new career high.
Since joining the Colts, he has 10 interceptions, which ranks third in the league. He was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after a five-tackle, two-interception game at Houston in Week 5.
Adams, who turns 35 in March, received a two-year, $4.5-million contract with $1.2 million guaranteed before this past season. The deal included incentives for making the roster, playing time, interceptions and Pro Bowl selections.
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