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Bears’ Kyle Long, Tim Jennings headed to Pro Bowl

Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long pauses after being involved scuffle during second quarter an NFL football game against St. Louis

Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long pauses after being involved in a scuffle during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

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Updated: January 20, 2014 10:32PM



MOBILE, Ala. — The NFL added Bears cornerback Tim Jennings to the Pro Bowl on Monday. It’s his second consecutive selection. Jennings replaces Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who has the Super Bowl to prepare for instead.

Despite a down year for the Bears’ defense, Jennings’ play in 2013 warranted another trip to Hawaii. He led the Bears with four interceptions — returning two for touchdowns — and had three forced fumbles. Jennings’ 13 interceptions over the last two seasons trail only Sherman, who has 16.

Earlier this month, the Bears locked up Jennings with a four-year deal worth $5.6 million a season with $11.8 million guaranteed.

“It was a no-brainer just [knowing] what they’re capable of doing on the offensive side of the ball,” Jennings said then. “Now we’ve got to do some things on the defensive side. I wanted to be a part of that.”

In that regard, Bears coaches are two days into their work as they check out defensive players at the Senior Bowl. With Charles Tillman a free agent-to-be, Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin is one to watch.

Guard Kyle Long also was added to the Pro Bowl. He’ll replace the 49ers’ Mike Iupati, who suffered a broken ankle in the NFC title game.

Who’s here?

Members of the Bears’ staff arrived in Mobile on Sunday night.

Most of coach Marc Trestman’s staff was in attendance at the late practice Monday, including defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, special-teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis, offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer, defensive line assistant coach Michael Sinclair and receivers coach Mike Groh.

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