Franks to join teammates in Pro Bowl

Tight end Bubba Franks will make his third trip to the Pro Bowl, taking the place of injured New York Giants TE Jeremy Shockey.<p>

The NFL announced that Franks would start the Feb. 8 game in Honolulu in place of Shockey, who suffered a season-ending knee injury Nov. 9 and had to withdraw from the NFC Pro Bowl squad.

Franks, who finished the 2003 season, including playoffs, with 33 catches for 280 yards and five touchdowns, was voted first alternate at tight end in last month's fan, coach and player balloting. His four regular-season touchdowns ranked second among NFC tight ends behind Seattle's Itula Mili.

Franks was a starter for the NFC in 2001 and 2002, after leading NFC tight ends in touchdown both of those seasons.

Franks, a four-year veteran, joins teammates Brett Favre, Ahman Green and guard Marco Rivera on the NFC first team. Green is slated to start, while Favre is not expected to play in the all-star game due to his thumb injury.

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