Carpenter, Dareus, Mario keeping pace in Pro Bowl vote

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Marcell Dareus is holding steady atop the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl ballot at his position – one of three Buffalo Bills among the leading vote-getters – as announced by NFL.com on Wednesday.

K Dan Carpenter and DE Mario Williams each rank fourth at their positions in fan voting so far, with Dareus extending his lead among defensive tackles.

Broncos QB Peyton Manning is the leading vote recipient, while Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, Colts QB Andrew Luck, Patriots QB Tom Brady, and Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray round out the top five.

Fan voting for the 2015 Pro Bowl continues online and on web-enabled mobile phones by going to buffalobills.com/probowl until Monday, Dec. 15. The Pro Bowl players will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 23.

The Pro Bowl players are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group's vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be eligible for the Pro Bowl Draft.

NFL players and coaches cast their votes on Dec. 19. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. It was the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

Players will later be assigned to teams through the Pro Bowl Draft during the week leading up to the game, which will also air on NFL Network.

The 2015 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 and televised live on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, site of Super Bowl XLIX.

The Pro Bowl will be "unconferenced" for the second consecutive year.

Last season, the familiar AFC vs. NFC match-up that had existed since 1971 was eliminated. Instead, players are selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players. For example, the top six quarterbacks following voting will earn distinction as All-Stars, regardless of how many are from AFC or NFC teams.

Then, the NFL's All-Stars will be realigned through a fantasy football-style draft.

Fans interested in purchasing Pro Bowl game tickets may go to NFL.com/probowl for more information.

Take a look back at photos of Buffalo Bills players at the Pro Bowl from over the last four decades.

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