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Samuels, Cooley, Taylor Named to Pro Bowl

The NFL and the Washington Redskins announced Dec. 18 that three players have earned an invitation to the 2008 Pro Bowl.

Safety Sean Taylor, who passed away tragically on Tuesday, November 27, was the NFC's leading vote getter at free safety and would have been making his second appearance and first start in the Pro Bowl.

He played in his first Pro Bowl last year. Before he passed away, Taylor was leading the NFL in interceptions with five and through nine games he had 46 total tackles, including 34 solo stops, and one forced fumble.

Samuels' nod marks his fifth trip to the League's annual all-star game, earning invites in 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2006.

Samuels has started 14 games this season at left tackle and has been instrumental on an offensive line that has suffered its share of injuries this season, but still managed to help running back Clinton Portis rush for more than 1,000 yards. 

It is the first trip to the Pro Bowl for Chris Cooley who currently leads the Redskins in receptions and he is among the NFL leaders in receptions for tight ends with 60 receptions for 711 yards and seven touchdowns.

The seven touchdowns ties his career-high set in 2005. Originally a third-round draft choice in 2004 by the Redskins, Cooley signed a contract extension prior to the start of this season and has been a consistent offensive threat since joining the team.

Fullback Mike Sellers earned recognition as a first alternate, while Rock Cartwright was named a second alternate at kick returner and Clinton Portis was named a second alternate at running back.

Linebacker London Fletcher was named a third alternate as was rookie safety LaRon Landry.

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