Texans go from one Pro Bowl starter to three

The dust has settled after various players around the league withdrew their names from the 2010 Pro Bowl, and the Texans now have three starters in the Jan. 31 game.

Wide receiver Andre Johnson, the only Texan originally selected to start in the game, will be joined in the AFC all-star team's starting lineup by quarterback Matt Schaub and defensive end Mario Williams.

Williams originally made the Pro Bowl as a reserve behind Colts defensive ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. Both of them are no longer Pro Bowl-eligible because they'll be in the Super Bowl on Feb. 7, which elevates Williams into a starting role.

Schaub originally was the second alternate among AFC quarterbacks. He was added to the Pro Bowl roster on Jan. 20 after Tom Brady dropped out and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger declined to play in the game, both because of injuries. Since then, Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers also withdrew from the game, and starter Peyton Manning also is now out because of the Super Bowl. That makes Schaub the AFC's starting quarterback.

Schaub, who led the NFL with 4,770 passing yards in 2009, will be backed up by AFC South counterparts Vince Young of the Titans and David Garrard of the Jaguars. It turns out that all four quarterbacks in the division were selected as Pro Bowlers this season.

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