Houston Texans TE Owen Daniels Added to AFC Pro Bowl Roster

Eric McKelvieSenior Writer IJanuary 22, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 10:  Owen Daniels #81 of the Houston Texans is chased by Brandon Spikes #55 of the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 10, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels will play in the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl, which kicks off Sunday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. ET in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

According to NBCSports.com’s Pro Football Talk, Daniels replaces New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski (broken arm), while Jermaine Gresham takes Heath Miller’s spot.

Daniels will join eight of his teammates at the Pro Bowl. Quarterback Matt Schaub, running back Arian Foster, wide receiver Andre Johnson, defensive end J.J. Watt, cornerback Jonathan Joseph, left tackle Duane Brown, center Chris Myers and left guard Wade Smith have all made the AFC roster. 

The Texans set a franchise record with nine players in the Pro Bowl, which is also the most of any AFC team this year. 

This is Daniels’ second Pro Bowl appearance. His first was in 2008 and in that game he caught two passes for 30 yards and touchdown.

The 30-year-old was second on the Texans in receiving this season behind Andre Johnson. Daniels finished with 62 receptions for 716 yards and six touchdowns. He led the Texans in the playoffs with 18 receptions for 172 yards.

Daniels was ninth among all tight ends in receiving yards and eighth in touchdowns this season.   

Daniels has spent his entire seven year career with the Texans since they drafted him 98th overall in the fourth round of the 2006 draft. He has become an important target for Matt Schaub over the last couple seasons and will likely continue to be a big factor in the passing game in the coming years.