Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones closed out the year at less than full strength thanks to a hip injury that kept him out of one game and limited him in the final two weeks of the regular season.
The injury will also keep him out of the Pro Bowl and open up a spot for Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. The team announced Thursday that Sanders will be heading to the game for the first time in his career.
Sanders caught 101 passes for 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns in his first year with the Broncos, making his decision to sign in Denver rather than Kansas City look like a wise one even if the Chiefs weren’t thrilled with the way Sanders handled the choice.
With Sanders added to the Pro Bowl roster, the Broncos now have 10 players headed to Glendale. Four of those players — Sanders, safety T.J. Ward, cornerback Aqib Talib and defensive end DeMarcus Ware — were signed as free agents before the season.