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Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton added to 2017 Pro Bowl

A fourth Bengals player will be playing in the 2017 NFL Pro Bowl.

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports an outstanding 2015 campaign, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton quietly had a soild season in the midst of changes this year. Whether it was dealing with a new offensive coordinator for the third time in six years, or being hampered by crippling injuries to his star receiving options, Dalton has now been added to this year’s Pro Bowl.

Dalton joins Andrew Whitworth, Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins on this year’s squad, even in the wake of the team’s 6-9-1 season. Some might balk at the nomination because of many stars eschewing to play in the annual festivities, but Dalton was again one of the better passers in the league in 2016.

A.J. Green was also nominated to the Pro Bowl, but with his lingering hamstring injury he suffered in Week 11, he decided to not play in the game. The fact that five Bengals players were named to the contest speaks volumes to their team, even in the wake of a disappointing season.

It’s the “Red Rifle’s” third Pro Bowl nomination in his six-year career, tying the amount of nods in the All-Star game from his predecessor, Carson Palmer. In the wake of so many issues this year, Dalton still had 4,206 passing yards and 18 touchdowns against just eight interceptions. He currently owns the franchise’s top-two season passing yards records, with 2016’s output being the second-best in Bengals history. His 91.6 passer rating was also second-best in his career behind his 2015 record of 106.3. And Dalton also matched Palmer as the only two Bengals with 4,000 or more passing yards in two seasons in Cincinnati.

With Matt Ryan and Tom Brady competing in the Super Bowl, they both are ineligible to play in the game, paving the way for Dalton’s third trip to the Pro Bowl. It caps off a great week for the Daltons, as they announced another upcoming addition to their family.

The 2017 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 8:00 p.m. ET, televised on ESPN at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The Pro Bowl Skills Challenge will take place on Thursday January 26, at 7:00 p.m. ET.