With fan votes accounting for one-third of the tally for the 2013 Pro Bowl, three Bills players rank among the AFC's top vote getters thus far.
Prior to the Bills primetime win over the Dolphins, the trio of S Jairus Byrd, return man Leodis McKelvin and DT Kyle Williams each sat among the top three at their position, with Byrd collecting the second-most fan votes among all AFC safeties.
Byrd has received 44,435 votes, second only to Ravens S Ed Reed. He forced a fumble and laid out for a highlight-reel pick against Miami, the 22nd takeaway of his NFL career. The Oregon product leads the AFC with four picks on the season and ranks fourth on the Bills with 50 tackles (33 solo).
Williams garnered 81,867 votes, good for third among AFC defensive tackles after Baltimore's Haloti Ngata and Cincinnati's Geno Atkins. Williams has anchored the interior of the Bills defensive front, posting 4.5 sacks and 30 tackles.
McKelvin's 28,672 votes as a kick returner landed him third behind Jacoby Jones and Josh Cribbs. He returned a punt 79 yards for a TD in the Bills 19-14 win over Miami on Thursday for his third return TD, and qualified as the club's all-time leader in single-season punt return average (min. 15 ret.) with 21.94.
2013 Pro Bowl voting continues online and on web-enabled mobile phones at buffalobills.com/ProBowl through Monday, Dec. 17. Balloting concludes on Monday, Dec. 17 following the conclusion of *Monday Night Football. *The teams will be announced at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday, Dec. 26 on NFL Network's "Total Access".
The AFC and NFC All-Star squads are based on the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group's vote counts one-third toward determining the 43-man rosters that represent the AFC and NFC in the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes Dec. 20-21. Who else deserves a trip to Hawaii? CAST YOUR VOTE!