Tyreek Hill isn’t the only Chief making his first Pro Bowl appearance this year.
Inside linebacker D.J. Alexander, who was previously chosen as an alternate, has been added to the Pro Bowl roster as a special-teams player and will head to Orlando, Fla., a source told The Star on Monday morning.
Alexander will replace New England’s Matt Slater, who will play in Super Bowl LI.
The Chiefs again had one of the best special teams in football under Dave Toub, and Alexander, a fifth-round pick in 2015, has been a big part of that.
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Alexander has served on multiple phases of the units, including kickoff, kick return, punt and punt return. He led the team with nine special-teams tackles in 2016 and 11 in 2015. He also blocked a punt a season ago and a forced fumble this season.