Gbaja-Biamila named to Pro Bowl

Defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila has joined four other Packers who will be playing in tonight's AFC-NFC Pro Bowl in Honolulu. Gbaja-Biamila received his first trip to the all-star game when Tampa Bay defensive end Simeon Rice was cut from the team for disciplinary reasons on Friday.<p>

Gbaja-Biamila was called late Friday and flew to Honolulu Saturday. Rice, a second-team All-Pro, arrived late in Hawaii and missed practices and meetings during the week, which led to his release, according to reports.

Gbaja-Biamila finished with 10 sacks last year, his third straight season of double-digit sacks. The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder was seventh on the team with 55 tackles. He played in about 87% of the downs on defense.

Gbaja-Biamila joins running back Ahman Green, guard Marco Rivera, center Mike Flanagan and tight end Bubba Franks in the Pro Bowl. Quarterback Brett Favre was named to the NFC squad in December but withdrew from the game because of his thumb injury. Flanagan and Franks were first-alternates who were recently named to the team because of injuries to players in front of them.

The Pro Bowl begins tonight on ESPN at 6:30 p.m. (CT) at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

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