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Steelers' Woodley heading to the Pro Bowl

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Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010

Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley will play in his first Pro Bowl after getting named to the AFC team Friday as an injury replacement.

Woodley, who led the Steelers with 13 12 sacks in 2009, will take Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing's spot on the AFC roster. Cushing pulled out of the Jan. 31 game because of multiple injuries.

Woodley joins outside linebacker James Harrison and nose tackle Casey Hampton in representing the Steelers in the annual all-star game. More Steelers could be added to the AFC squad since Pro Bowlers from the two teams that advance to the Super Bowl will not take part in the game.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger declined an invitation to the Pro Bowl earlier this week after he didn't receive medial clearance to play in the game.

Roethlisberger is still recovering from a right shoulder injury that he sustained in the Steelers' final regular-season game on Jan. 3.

» Tom Cable's status as Oakland Raiders head coach is still in limbo almost three weeks after the end of the regular season. "It's still a fluid deal," senior executive John Herrera said. "The assumption is they will continue to meet on the agenda in front of us until it comes to a resolution."

» New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey missed practice Friday with a sore right knee, and cornerback Malcolm Jenkins (hamstring) didn't practice either.

» New York Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis and linebackers David Harris and Bart Scott are probable for the AFC Championship Game despite being limited at practice with injuries.

» Indianapolis Colts cornerback Jerraud Powers missed his third straight practice and is questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the New York Jets.

» Defensive end Gaines Adams was remembered for his enormous talent, quiet humility and an amazing smile that drew people to him throughout his football career. More than 1,000 family members, friends, fans and teammates gathered at Rock Springs Baptist Church to celebrate the life of Adams, the 26-year-old defensive end who died Sunday from an enlarged heart.

» The NFL drew the most viewers for the divisional round of the playoffs in 16 years, with an average of 33 million per game.

» The Green Bay Packers will raise ticket prices by an average of $9 per ticket next season. It's the first increase since the 2007 season.

» An attorney for Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs says the mother of Suggs' two children has withdrawn a $70 million lawsuit against him, and the two are trying to reconcile.

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