Ravens linebackers Terrell Suggs and C.J. Mosley and safety Eric Weddle have been named to the Pro Bowl, a nod to a defensive unit that has recorded three shutouts and leads the league in interceptions.
No Ravens offensive players earned Pro Bowl honors, perhaps no surprise given the way the offense struggled mightily through the first two-thirds of the season. But it was a moderate surprise that kicker Justin Tucker and punter Sam Koch also were left off the AFC squad; Tucker was named the first alternate to Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell.
Suggs, 35, has beaten back Father Time and opposing offensive linemen all season in earning his seventh Pro Bowl appearance and first since 2013. He leads the Ravens with 11 sacks -- three shy of the career-high he set in 2011 -- and he also has a team-best four forced fumbles, all coming on strip-sacks.
Suggs stayed in Baltimore this spring rather than return to Arizona as has been his offseason custom, and he frequently has said the offseason regimen has paid off this year. Speaking after the team's workout Dec. 19 before the Pro Bowl roster was announced, Suggs said earning such an honor again would "be huge to show I still get some respect in this league, show I still can play."
He ranks fourth in franchise history with seven Pro Bowl appearances, behind Ray Lewis (13), Jonathan Ogden (11) and Ed Reed (nine).
Mosley has made the Pro Bowl three times in four years with the Ravens. He leads the team and ranks sixth in the league with 121 tackles, and he also has one sack and two interceptions, including one that he returned for a touchdown, one of five defensive scores for the Ravens this season.
Weddle, in his 11th season, will be making his fifth Pro Bowl appearance, and his second in two seasons with the Ravens. He leads the team with six interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, and ranks fourth on the team with 60 tackles.
Making the Pro Bowl again is "pretty amazing," Weddle said in a statement released by the team. "You never take for granted, 1) to play in this league, and 2) to try and play at a high level. I've never worked as hard as I did this past year to try and get better from last season and help this team and lead even more so. I’m ecstatic because I’ve done so much over the last year to get back to this point, to help my team win, and to hopefully get back to the playoffs."
The Ravens (8-6) can secure a playoff berth if they win their final two games, both at home, against the Indianapolis Colts Dec. 23 and against the Cincinnati Bengals Dec. 31.
The Pro Bowl will be played in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 28, 2018.