The fan portion of the Pro Bowl voting ended Thursday and three Miami Dolphins players won their categories and could now be considered the favorites to start in the 2009 Pro Bowl. Players and coaches around the NFL will cast their ballots this week to finish the voting process.
The Pro Bowl results will be announced on NFL Network on Tuesday.
For the Dolphins, left tackle Jake Long, outside linebacker Joey Porter and kicker Dan Carpenter finished the fan voting portion tops at their positions.
Here is a position by position look where Miami players figured with the number of votes in (parenthesis). If the position is not addressed, the Dolphins had no player figure in the top five of the voting.
RB: 1. Tennessee's Chris Johnson (534,170) 2. Ronnie Brown (481,293) 3. San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson (428,381).
LT: 1. Jake Long (207,114) 2. NYJ D'Brickashaw Ferguson (200,304) 3. New England's Matt Light (160,819).
OLB: 1. Joey Porter (328,619) 2. Pittsburgh's James Harrison (282,162) 3. Tennessee's Keith Bulluck (236,398).
K: 1. Dan Carpenter (171,312) 2. Tennessee's Rob Bironas (145,413).
SS: 1. Pittsburgh's Troy Polamalu (393,211) 2. Indy's Bob Sanders (109,132) 3. Tennessee's Chris Hope (76,333) 4. Yeremiah Bell (36,021).
Spec. Teams: 1. Baltimore's Brendon Ayanbadejo (160,423) 2. Pittsburgh's Anthony Madison (110,891) 3. Patrick Cobbs (85,821).
Again, just because a Miami player is leading the voting doesn't mean he'll start in the Pro Bowl. And just because he trails doesn't mean he won't. The coach and player voting can obviously tip the scales another direction.
But so far, I think the fans have done a pretty fair job.
And if you'll notice, two Miami players that figure prominently are Long and Carpenter -- both rookies.