July 1, 2016


Browns: Joe Thomas, Phil Dawson tabbed for Pro Bowl

BEREA — Kicker Phil Dawson and tackle Joe Thomas will represent the Browns at the NFL Pro Bowl on Jan. 27.

Dawson was named to the all-star game for the first time in his 14-year career on Wednesday night, while Thomas earned his sixth Pro Bowl selection in six professional seasons.

Cleveland offensive tackle Joe Thomas has made another NFL Pro Bowl. (AP FILE PHOTO)

“It’s really exciting to know Phil will be coming with me this year to Hawaii,” Thomas said. “He’s been deserving multiple times in the past and he’s played as well as any kicker in the NFL for many years, so it’s awesome to see him finally be recognized.

“Making the Pro Bowl is always a nice reward after a season of good work, even if your team didn’t have the kind of year you had hoped for.”

Three other Cleveland players were chosen as first alternates for the matchup at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson (inside linebacker), center Alex Mack (center), and Joshua Cribbs (kick returner and special teamer) will be added to the AFC roster if any players at their position decline to participate.

“I was happy that Phil and Joe were recognized for having Pro Bowl seasons,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said. “Phil has been one of the most consistent kickers in the NFL throughout his career, and this year he was near-perfect (28-of-29), including many long-range field goals.

“Joe has established himself as one of the top left tackles in the game, and he has played at a very high level once again this year. He was a big part of the improvement that I felt we made as an offense.”

Dawson leads the NFL with a .966 field goal percentage and has scored 112 points with one game left in the season.

Thomas joins Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown as the only Cleveland players to be chosen for six Pro Bowls in their first six NFL seasons.

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