Perhaps as a reflection of their worst record in at least six seasons, only two Steelers were selected to the Pro Bowl.
Center Maurkice Pouncey made it for the third time in his three seasons in the league. He will start. Heath Miller made it for the second time, although he will not be able to play in the Jan. 27 game in Hawaii because he will have knee surgery today.
Other Steelers still could be named to the AFC roster as injured players drop out. Players from the two Super Bowl teams will not participate.
Two representatives would be their fewest for the Steelers since only one, linebacker Jason Gildon, made it after the 2000 season. They had seven players make the Pro Bowl a year ago, but Pouncey did not participate.
Miller also made the Pro Bowl after the 2009 season. He leads the Steelers with 71 receptions and their position players with 50 points.
"It is awesome," Pouncey said in a comment released by the team. "This time is going to be a little more stressful because I finally get to go to it. The first time we were in the Super Bowl and last year I didn't get to go because of offseason surgery. It means a lot to take my family to Hawaii and spend some vacation time and then get the chance to play in the game with so many great players."
Said Miller, "It's definitely an honor to be named to the Pro Bowl team. It's not why I play the game, and I am sure all of our guys would say the same thing. But you take it as a compliment. I wish it were under different circumstances, but it's an honor and something to be proud of."
The Steelers are 7-8 and will finish the season against Cleveland Sunday at Heinz Field. They are assured of their worst record since they went 8-8 in the 2006 season. They previously had a losing season in 2003 at 6-10.