Steelers teammates surprised by Bud Dupree’s snub from Pro Bowl

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The only outside linebacker in the AFC with more sacks than Bud Dupree is Pittsburgh Steelers teammate T.J. Watt.

While Watt earned a trip to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday night, Dupree was not one of the other two players at his position to make the cut. Baltimore’s Matthew Judon and Denver’s Von Miller got the nod for the AFC in balloting conducted by players, coaches and fans.

Watt, like other Steelers players, was surprised by Dupree’s omission.

“Bud has been playing a hell of a season,” Watt said Wednesday morning. “He has the stats, but even if you don’t look at the stats and just watch the game, he’s a game-wrecker.”

Heading into the Steelers’ game Sunday at the New York Jets, Dupree has established a career high with 9.5 sacks. That ranks fifth in the conference, trailing Watt, who has 13, and defensive ends Joey Bosa, Josh Allen and the suspended Myles Garrett.

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