Vikings shut out in Pro Bowl voting … for now

The Vikings didn’t have any players selected to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday, but they could still have a couple make it as injury replacements.

The Vikings were shut out of Pro Bowl voting in the initial rosters announced Tuesday evening.

Defensive end Everson Griffen and safety Harrison Smith were considered the Vikings’ top candidates, but neither of them was selected in the voting phase by fans, coaches and players.

Smith is tied for third in the NFL with five interceptions and is the only player in the NFL this season and the fourth defensive back in Vikings history to have at least three interceptions and three sacks. He also ranks second in the NFL with 150 interception return yards.

Griffen is third in the NFC with a career-high 12.0 sacks in his first season as a full-time starter. He also has career highs in tackles (68) and tackles for losses (20).

Griffen finished fifth in fan voting and Smith finished sixth.

Despite initially being kept off the roster, the Vikings could have some players added as injury replacements. They have only been shut out of the Pro Bowl once in their 54-year history, in 1983.

Fan voting online closed last Monday. Players and coaches voted for their Pro Bowl selections later in the week, with each of those segments accounting for one-third of the total.

The 2015 Pro Bowl will be played on Jan. 25, 2015 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, site of Super Bowl XLIX.

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