Chiefs’ Derrick Johnson named to Pro Bowl as alternate

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Sept. 17, 2015; Kansas City, MO: Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson during pregame introductions at Arrowhead Stadium. (Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal)

Sept. 17, 2015; Kansas City, MO: Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson during pregame introductions at Arrowhead Stadium. (Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Inside linebacker Derrick Johnson is headed to the Pro Bowl as an alternate, the Chiefs announced Monday.

Johnson replaces Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, who will be preparing to play the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.

The 33-year-old Johnson started all 16 games the past season, leading the Chiefs defense with 116 tackles (95 solo), adding four sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and eight passes defensed.

Johnson will appear in his fourth career Pro Bowl and joins safety Eric Berry, outside linebacker Justin Houston, outside linebacker Tamba Hali, rookie cornerback Marcus Peters and tight end Travis Kelce in Honolulu.

The Chiefs coaching staff, led by head coach Andy Reid, will coach one side against the Green Bay Packers coaching staff.

The Pro Bowl will be played Sunday at Aloha Stadium.

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Herbie Teope is the lead Chiefs beat writer for ChiefsDigest.com and The Topeka Capital-Journal. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @HerbieTeope.

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