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Peters returning to Pro Bowl

Jason Peters has earned a second straight trip to Hawaii and this year he'll actually make the trip. The left tackle was named to the AFC roster for the second consecutive year as the league announced their all-star squads Tuesday.

Peters, who was named to his first Pro Bowl last season, but was unable to play due to a groin injury that required surgery in mid-January.

It's the first time a Bills offensive lineman has been named to consecutive Pro Bowls since Ruben Brown, who went to eight consecutive from 1996-2003.

Peters missed the entire offseason and preseason due to a contract dispute in which he chose not to report to the team. The holdout ended just before the regular season, but he did not dress for the first regular season.

Slowly but surely Peters rounded his game back into form as the season wore on and the production in Buffalo's running game improved as a result. Peters wasn't the sole reason Buffalo's ground attack was better, but it certainly didn't hurt to have their athletic left tackle driving defenders off the ball with regularity.

The fifth-year pro helped Marshawn Lynch eclipse the 1,000-yard plateau this past week against the Jets as Buffalo had its highest rushing output of the season (187 yards). Lynch now ranks fourth in the AFC in rushing.

Since the AFL-NFL merger there have been four other times the Bills have had a lone Pro Bowl representative (1970, 1978, 1979, 1984).

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