ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller, defensive tackle Kyle Williams and free safety Jairus Byrd have been added to the AFC's Pro Bowl roster, replacing Super Bowl-bound Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice, Haloti Ngata and Ed Reed.
Spiller ran for a career-best 1,244 yards on 207 carries and had six touchdowns. The third-year player's 6.0-yard per carry average tied for first in the NFL.
Williams had five sacks and 46 tackles. The seven-year pro will be making his second Pro Bowl appearance.
Byrd, who tied for the AFC lead with five interceptions and had 76 tackles, will be making his second Pro Bowl appearance.
The Pro Bowl is Sunday in Hawaii.
The NFL has decided on the locations of the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Super Bowls. The vote took place at the NFL owners meetings in Charlotte on Tuesday.
Atlanta will host Super Bowl LIII in 2019, while South Florida (Miami) will get the event in 2020 and Los Angeles will host in 2021.
The cities chosen each included new or upgraded stadiums in their pitches to the league.
Atlanta will be home to the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, opening in 2017.
Miami's stadium (Sun Life Stadium from 2010-2016) is undergoing a $400 million renovation that will include an open-air canopy to provide shade for 92 percent of seats, according to Sports Illustrated. Construction should be complete before the 2017 season.
And Los Angeles will boast a new 300-acre, campus-style stadium housing the Rams and potentially a second team. The $2.6 billion project will be the most expensive sports arena in the world, reports CNN, and should be ready before the 2019 NFL season.
Bengals Pro Bowl tight end Tyler Eifert will undergo ankle surgery, according to multiple reports.
Estimates varied on when Eifert would return, but he was not expected to be back on the field until at least mid-August.
Eifert suffered his injury at the Pro Bowl, which he left wearing a walking boot.
His ankle has not responded to treatment as well as Eifert hoped, and he could not join his teammates for OTA’s this week.
A first-round pick in 2013 (21st overall), Eifert led all NFL tight ends with 13 touchdown catches last season, and had 52 catches overall for 615 yards. Still only 25 years old, Eifert has emerged as a major weapon for the Bengals, and they have already picked up his fifth-year option.
The priority for the Bengals is to have Eifert ready for Week 1 when they visit the Jets. Ryan Hewitt, Tyler Kroft, and C. J. Uzomah will see plenty of reps at tight end until Eifert returns.
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The NFL made modest changes to replay rules Tuesday, but did not institute major changes that some teams, including the Ravens, had proposed in recent months.
Owners voted for changes that slightly increased situations where plays can be reviewed, and when officials can turn to the league office for help during games.
Situations subject to replay review, which were not before, include:
- Penalty enforcement
- Proper down
- Spot of a foul
- Status of game clock
Plays not reviewable in the past, that can now be reviewed, include:
- Where a ball in the air crosses the sideline.
- Whether a player was blocked into a loose ball.
- Advancement by a player after either a valid, or invalid, fair catch signal.
- Whether player impetus forced a ball to travel into the end zone.
The Ravens made a proposal in March that would have made all plays reviewable except for offensive and defensive holding, offensive and defensive pass interference, illegal contact, illegal use of hands, and whether a quarterback, receiver, or kicker had been hit illegally. The Patriots had previously proposed that all plays be made reviewable, but that has also been resisted by the owners and the competition committee.
Each team will still be given two replay challenges per game, and will be awarded a third challenge only if the first two are successful.