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Kalil added to Pro Bowl roster


CHARLOTTE - Panthers center Ryan Kalil is heading to Hawaii.

Kalil will make his second consecutive appearance in the Pro Bowl, which will kick off Jan. 30 in Honolulu. Kalil was added to the roster Friday to replace New York Giants center Shaun O'Hara, who played in just six games this past season because of a nagging foot injury.

Kalil, who will back up Andre Gurode of Dallas, joins Panthers left tackle Jordan Gross on the roster.

Kalil and Gross started all 16 games this past season and helped the Panthers average 115.4 rushing yards per game, 13th best in the NFL. Carolina rushed for more than 100 yards in eight of its final nine games, averaging 138.6 yards over that span.

Last season, Kalil represented a rushing attack that became the first in NFL history to produce a pair of 1,100-yard rushers in DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.

Kalil, a fourth-year pro out of Southern Cal, is the first Panthers offensive lineman ever to appear in back-to-back Pro Bowls. His inclusion with Gross marks the first time Carolina has had two offensive linemen in a Pro Bowl.

The Pro Bowl will kick off Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. from Aloha Stadium and will be broadcast by FOX.

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