The Chicago Bears have two more players headed to the Pro Bowl: Charles Leno and Cody Whitehair.
On Monday, the Chicago Bears got word that the “Pretty Boy Assassin,” Mitch Trubisky, would be headed to the Pro Bowl in his second NFL season.
Tuesday brought more good news for Bears’ players as two offensive linemen are headed to Orlando for the Pro Bowl. The NFL announced that both Cody Whitehair and Charles Leno are headed to the Pro Bowl.
Ironically with Khalil Mack staying home due to an injury, the Bears have three defensive players- Eddie Jackson, Kyle Fuller and Akiem Hicks in the game, and four offensive players- Trubisky, Whitehair, Leno and Tarik Cohen.
Whitehair and Leno made up two of the five linemen up front protecting Mitch Trubisky. They led the 11th best ground attack in the NFL while only allowing 33 sacks on Bears’ QBs on the season.
Leno has steadily improved every year he’s been with the Bears and his hard work finally paid off this season earning his first Pro Bowl roster spot.
Whitehair had plenty of accolades thrown his way as a rookie, but he slumped as a sophomore. There were also plenty of concerns with Whitehair at center this year about having the yips when it came to his shotgun snaps but he settled down after week one and his third NFL season turned out to be his best season as a pro.
It would be hard-pressed to think any other offensive players could be replacements in the Pro Bowl, but there are still a few names on the defensive side of the ball who could get their names called if anyone else pulls out. With the game this weekend though, there isn’t much more time.
The Bears now have eight players named to the Pro Bowl, their most since 2006.