Welker, Light replace Johnson, Long in Pro Bowl; Suh also out

New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker and offensive tackle Matt Light have been selected to the Pro Bowl, it was announced Wednesday.

Welker and Light will replace Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, who's scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle, and Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jake Long, who was bothered by shoulder and knee problems for much of the season.

Welker had 86 catches for 848 yards in 16 games this season after returning from a serious knee injury suffered in the 2009 regular-season finale. Light, a 10-year veteran, was chosen to the AFC team for the third time.

An NFL-high eight Patriots have been selected to play in the Jan. 30 game in Honolulu, including quarterback Tom Brady, guard Logan Mankins, nose tackle Vince Wilfork, linebacker Jerod Mayo, rookie cornerback Devin McCourty and safety Brandon Meriweather.

Also not playing in the Jan. 30 game is Detroit Lions rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who will have shoulder surgery Monday.

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew announced Suh's operation late Wednesday afternoon. Mayhew wouldn't say on which shoulder doctors would operate.

Suh, who led all rookies this season with 10 sacks, said he's having surgery to make sure he's "100 percent healthy" entering the Lions' offseason program. He said he still plans to attend the Pro Bowl.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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