In somewhat surprising news, the Bears have one more Pro Bowler on their roster. This would tie them with the Colts with seven, but due to injury Mike Brown will not be able to play in his first Pro Bowl.
From the Sun -Times:
Meanwhile, the Bears' Pro Bowl roster expanded by one Wednesday when tight end Desmond Clark was named as the NFC ''need'' player.
Clark becomes the seventh Bears player selected for the game, tied for the most with the Indianapolis Colts, and the most for the team since seven were chosen to play in the 1987 game.
However, the Bears will only have six representatives in the game. Strong safety Mike Brown was forced to back out of the game because of the left calf muscle pull that knocked him out of the divisional playoff game. This was the first selection for Brown, who will not require surgery, and will be replaced by Brian Dawkins of the Philadelphia Eagles.
This is the first Pro Bowl for Clark, who was a third alternate. He caught a touchdown pass in the playoff loss to the Carolina Panthers and made 24 receptions and scored two touchdowns in the regular season. He has turned out to be a better producer as a blocker in the run game than the team anticipated.