At 7 p.m. tonight on NFL Network, the 2011 Pro Bowl rosters will be announced. The Pro Bowl voting for fans was already made public last week. The fan vote is only responsible for one-third of the selection process, as the coaches and players make up the rest of the voting. Their votes were due by last Thursday, and now that they are all tabulated, the final rosters will be announced tonight.
For the Lions, the Pro Bowl voting for fans went pretty well. Ndamukong Suh not only received the most votes for all rookies, but he also received the most votes for all defensive tackles. With him being the top defensive tackle based on the fans' one-third of the selection process, I would say it's a pretty good bet that he will be on the NFC roster and have a shot at starting in the game.
Calvin Johnson also has a pretty good shot at making the NFC roster. He finished third among NFC receivers in the fan voting, and with Johnson's numbers approaching career-high levels, it's likely he will be in the game for the first time in his career. He was named an alternate for the Pro Bowl back in 2008, but it's expected that he will be an actual Pro-Bowler this season.
Other Lions in contention for a spot on the NFC roster are tight end Brandon Pettigrew and returner Stefan Logan. There has also been talk that safety John Wendling could make the team as a special teams player, so if the stars align, the Lions could end up with as many as five players in the 2011 Pro Bowl.