As expected, the Eagles placed running back LeSean McCoy, left tackle Jason Peters and defensive end Jason Babin on the NFC Pro Bowl squad, announced this evening.
Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins is a first alternate, which gives him a strong shot at going, given the need for injury and Super Bowl participant replacements. Corner Nnamdi Asomugha is a second alternate. Surprisingly, neither defensive end Trent Cole nor right tackle Todd Herremans is in the alternate picture.
McCoy leads the league in touchdowns with 20 and rushing touchdowns with 17. He ranks second in the league with 1,309 rushing yards. "I always read about Adrian Peterson and Frank Gore. Now I can say I'm one of those guys," said McCoy, who acknowledged being bypassed last season motivated him.
McCoy is going to the Pro Bowl for the first time, in his third NFL season, as a starter.
Babin is second in the NFL in sacks, with 18, half a sack behind Minnesota's Jared Allen. This is his second time being selected; he went for the first time last year, playing for Tennessee.
Babin said he wanted to show he wasn't a "one-year wonder."
"The NFC has a lot of great defensive ends," Babin said.
Babin said he thought the calf injury Cole unselfishly played through might have kept him from being selected.
As Eagles fans undoubtedly noticed, Seattle safety Earl Thomas and Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul made it. Thomas was a player many fans and observers thought the Birds might draft instead of Brandon Graham in 2010. Pierre-Paul was drafted two slots after Graham.