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Leading defensive end in sacks isn’t on Pro Bowl ballot

The NFL’s Pro Bowl ballot lists 54 defensive ends, of whom fans can vote for six. But it doesn’t list the player who leads all defensive ends in sacks.

That player, Detroit’s Kerry Hyder, has burst onto the scene this season and recorded five sacks, an NFL high for defensive ends so far this year. But he said he’s OK with not being listed on the Pro Bowl ballot because he doesn’t think fans would vote for him.

“I’m sure people don’t know who I am, anyway,” Hyder said, via the Detroit Free Press.

The defensive ends on the ballot include plenty who are obviously much less deserving than Hyder. That list starts with his injured teammate, Ezekiel Ansah, who has played in just two games and recorded just one tackle this season. Others on the ballot include Texans defensive end Antonio Smith, a backup who also has just one tackle in two games. And there’s Packers rookie Dean Lowry, a backup who has played just 32 snaps so far this season.

To include those players on the ballot but not include Hyder is a foolish oversight by the NFL. Hyder is right that fans probably wouldn’t vote for him anyway, but smart fans who know how good Hyder is should at least have the opportunity.