Steelers' Heath Miller added to Pro Bowl
Steelers tight end Heath Miller will be named to his first Pro Bowl, replacing the Indianapolis Colts' Dallas Clark, the Steelers announced Sunday.
Clark, who led AFC tight ends in the voting, must forfeit his spot in the Pro Bowl because the Colts will play in Super Bowl XLIV.
Miller, the Steelers' first-round draft choice in 2005, will be the team's first tight end to play in the Pro Bowl since Eric Green in 1994 and only the fourth in franchise history, joining Elbie Nickel (three berths) and Preston Carpenter.
Miller had a career-high 76 receptions for 789 yards and six touchdowns this season.
• Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mike Furrey and Kansas City Chiefs guard Brian Waters were named finalists for the NFL's Man of the Year Award. The award, named for the late Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton, which goes annually to the player who combines on-field excellence with off-the-field community service. Recent winners include Kurt Warner of the Cardinals in 2008, Jason Taylor of the Dolphins in 2007, and Drew Brees of the Saints and LaDainian Tomlinson of the Chargers, co-winners in 2006. The winner will be announced live on CBS before the Super Bowl on Feb. 7.
• The Oakland Raiders denied a report by ESPN on Saturday that they have made a decision to bring Tom Cable back as coach next season, saying the evaluation process is still ongoing. ESPN reported earlier Saturday that Davis had decided to retain Cable for the final year of his contract in 2010, citing a source close to the situation. Cable has been talking with Davis about his job since the season ended Jan. 3. Cable went 5-11 in his first full season as Raiders coach. He is 9-19 since replacing Lane Kiffin early in the 2008 season, leading the Raiders to their NFL-worst seventh straight season with at least 11 losses. Cable has strong support among the players, who are hoping for some continuity after the team had five coaches in the past seven seasons. The Raiders showed some progress last season, beating playoff teams Cincinnati and Philadelphia and winning road games in December against the Steelers and Denver.