AS EXPECTED, defensive lineman Fletcher Cox was named to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday, the first such honor in Cox's four-year Eagles career. Darren Sproles made it for the second year in a row as a returner, and left tackle Jason Peters was tabbed for the eighth time, his sixth as an Eagle.

A source with knowledge of the situation said safety Malcolm Jenkins, center Jason Kelce and special teams ace Chris Maragos will be alternates.

"It feels great. It feels really great," Cox said in quotes released by the team. "I told myself before the season started that I needed to be better than last year. I had to make the whole world know, and not just the local people. It paid off."

Cox, 25, is the Eagles' Ed Block Courage Award winner, in the wake of the offseason death of his older brother, Shaddrick. Cox leads the Eagles with a career-high 7 1/2 sacks. He made All-Pro last year - chosen by the Pro Football Writers - but was not named to the Pro Bowl.

Peters, 33, has now been named to as many Pro Bowls on behalf of the Eagles as Donovan McNabb and Pete Pihos. Only Brian Dawkins (seven), Reggie White (seven) and Chuck Bednarik (eight) rank ahead of him. Peters missed two games this season and chunks of others, and seems much less dominant than he was a few years ago, but his name stills holds considerable cachet among his peers.

Sproles, 32, won return specialist honors for the second year in a row, on the strength of his NFL-best punt return average (12.4), total return yards (446) and punt return touchdowns (two).

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