2012 Pro Bowl: Johnathan Joseph, Antonio Smith Headline Texans On AFC Squad

Arian Foster is making his second straight appearance, while long-time veterans Johnathan Joseph, Antonio Smith and Chris Myers are playing in Hawaii for the first time.

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2012 Pro Bowl: Johnathan Joseph Picked Off Cam Newton

Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph made his first ever Pro Bowl appearance in his six-year career and in the All-Star game Joseph was able to intercept one of the three that Carolina Panthers rookie Cam Newton threw. Joseph picked off Newton at the AFC 10-yard line and returned the ball 26 yards to the 36. Joseph also had two tackles in the game.

Joseph's Pro Bowl appearance was the first by a Texans defensive back since Aaron Glenn made the team back in 2002.

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Pro Bowl 2012: Jonathan Joseph Exceeds Expectations In First Year At Houston

When the Houston Texans signed Jonathan Joseph as an unrestricted free agent (from the Cincinnati Bengals) just prior to training camp, who knew that they would've signed their first Texans defensive back to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl since Aaron Glenn in 2002.

Joseph helped solidify a defensive unit that finished No. 2 in the NFL, and more specifically a secondary that had been devoid of a superstar caliber talent. In 2011, only one wide receiver topped 100 receiving yds versus Joseph, which was Baltimore Ravens wideout Anquan Boldin in week 6. Just one other receiver this season was able to register more than 80 yards receiving, Carolina's Steve Smith back in week 15.

Could it be vindication for Joseph versus Steve Smith in the Pro Bowl? The two will get a chance to square off against one another as Smith made the NFC squad for the 5th time.

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2012 Pro Bowl: Time, Schedule And More

The Houston Texans will be well represented in the 2012 Pro Bowl that takes place on Sunday, January 29 with a 6 p.m. CT kickoff.

Running back Arian Foster was elected to the team but will not be playing in the game due to an injury and was replaced on the roster by Denver running back Willis McGahee. In addition to Foster, the Texans are sending a trio of first-time Pro Bowlers in defensive back Johnathan Joseph, center Chris Myers and defensive end Antonio Smith.

Myers and Smith were named as replacements for Pittsburgh's Maurkice Pouncey and New England's Andre Carter. Joseph was elected to his first Pro Bowl after finishing the regular season with 44 tackles and four interceptions.

Game date/time: Sunday, January 29, 6 p.m. CT

Location: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii

TV: NBC

For more on the Houston Texans be sure to check out Battle Red Blog. For more NFL news and analysis head on over to SB Nation's NFL Football hub.

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2012 Pro Bowl: Four Houston Texans Slated To Play Sunday

Arian Foster is making his second straight appearance, while long-time veterans Johnathan Joseph, Antonio Smith and Chris Myers are playing in Hawaii for the first time.

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