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Anderson, Winslow go to Pro Bowl as Brady, Moss, Gates opt out

Tom Brady and Randy Moss pulled out of the Pro Bowl on Monday, a
day after the New England Patriots were beaten in the Super Bowl.

After throwing a league-record 50 touchdown passes during the
season, Brady was battered by the New York Giants during their
17-14 win Sunday. He has been bothered by a tender ankle and was
photographed in New York wearing a protective boot two weeks prior
to the Super Bowl.

Brady, who first injured his ankle against San Diego in the AFC
Championship Game, was sacked five times by the Giants. He will be
replaced by Cleveland Browns quarterback Derek Anderson.

Moss, who caught a record 23 TD passes from Brady during the
season, had five receptions for 62 yards and a TD in the Super
Bowl. He will be replaced by disgruntled Cincinnati Bengals
receiver Chad Johnson.

The Patriots said Brady and Moss each opted out because of ankle injuries.

San Diego tight end Antonio Gates and defensive tackle Jamal Williams also decided to skip the All-Star game on Feb. 10 in
Honolulu.

Browns tight end Kellen Winslow will go in place of Gates,
bringing the number of Browns players in the Pro Bowl to six, the
club's most since sending six in 1994. Pittsburgh Steelers
defensive tackle Casey Hampton takes Williams' spot on the AFC
roster, his third-consecutive trip to Hawaii and fourth overall.

Anderson, who began the season as Charlie Frye's backup, threw
for 3,787 yards and 29 touchdowns while going 10-5 as a starter.
Cleveland was edged out of a playoff spot because of a tiebreaker.

Despite playing on bad knees and with a separated shoulder,
Winslow led the Browns with 82 receptions and had 1,106 receiving
yards, the most by a Cleveland tight end. He'll undergo another
surgery -- his fourth since 2004 -- on his right knee after the Pro
Bowl.

Winslow had postponed the operation in anticipation of replacing
Gates, who sustained a toe injury during the playoffs.

"We're excited the Browns will have such a presence at the Pro
Bowl this year," general manager Phil Savage said in a statement.

Johnson, making the trip to the Pro Bowl for the fifth straight
year, made it clear in interviews in Arizona leading up to the
Super Bowl, he's unhappy in Cincinnati. The Bengals have said
repeatedly Johnson, who has four years left on his contract, won't
be traded. Johnson caught 93 passes for a club-record 1,440 yards
and eight touchdowns last season. He will accompany teammate T.J.
Houshmandzadeh, who was picked for his first Pro Bowl. It will mark
the first time a pair of Bengals receivers reached the Pro Bowl
together.

Gates is still bothered by the left big toe he dislocated in San
Diego's wild-card playoff win over Tennessee on Jan. 6. He was able
to play in a divisional win at Indianapolis and the AFC
Championship Game loss at New England.

Williams had been bothered by an ankle injury since December.