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Watt to Pro Bowl as injury replacement

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Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt will make it a third member of the team's 2017 draft class headed to next week's Pro Bowl after being named as an injury replacement for Houston's Jadeveon Clowney.

Watt, the Steelers' first-round draft pick in 2017, will join second-rounder JuJu Smith-Schuster and third-round pick James Conner at the NFL's all-star game, which will be played in Orlando Jan. 27.

Watt is coming off an extremely productive second season that saw him lead the Steelers with 13 sacks while also forcing six fumbles. Watt was the only NFL player with at least 65 total tackles (68), 10.0 sacks (13.0) and five defensive forced fumbles (6).

In addition to Watt, Smith-Schuster and Conner, the Steelers also will have left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, center Maurkice Pouncey and defensive end Cameron Heyward in the game. Guard David DeCastro and receiver Antonio Brown have both declined to play in the Pro Bowl because of injuries.

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