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Slaton tops Pro Bowl snub lists

Ranking high on the Pro Bowl snub lists is Texans' running back Steve Slaton. The rookie was named an alternate to starter Thomas Jones (New York Jets) and backups Chris Johnson (Tennessee Titans) and Ronnie Brown (Miami Dolphins).

There is no dispute on Jones and Johnson. The Jets' running back leads the AFC in rushing with 263 carries for 1,222 yards and 13 touchdowns. Johnson is second with 235 carries for 1,1,59 yards and eight touchdowns. Third on the list is Slaton with 230 carries for 1,124 yards and eight touchdowns.

Where is Brown? He sits at 10th among AFC running backs with 195 carries for 827 yards and 10 touchdowns. Why is he going to Hawaii: the Wildcat. Fans, players and coaches were enamored with the single-wing formation that flourished with Brown getting a direct snap.

It's too bad that the formation overshadowed what Slaton has done for the Texans late this season. The rookie has rushed for more yards in the last five weeks than ANY player in the NFL, racking up 579 yards.

The good thing is that Slaton's omission isn't going unnoticed. ESPN'sPaul Kuharsky **issued an apology** in his blog for leaving Slaton off of his Pro Bowl snub list.'s Alex Marvez wrote that **Slaton should be going to Hawaii** instead of Brown.

Wide receiver Andre Johnson had this to say: "It's hard when you're a rookie because guys, they really don't want to vote rookies in to the Pro Bowl. But I really think Steve has come in his rookie season and proved himself as a football player."

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