The Washington Times - January 17, 2014, 03:01PM

Running back Alfred Morris has been selected to play in the Pro Bowl after originally being named as an alternate for the annual all-star game.

Morris ran for 1,275 yards and seven touchdowns this season for the Washington Redskins. He will replace either San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore or Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, one of whom will be ineligible to play in the game as their teams will meet in the NFC championship on Sunday.


“Aloha, Redskins fans,” Morris said in a video the team posted on Instagram on Friday. “Just found out I’m going to Hawaii. I appreciate all the support. Mahalo.”

Morris appears to have been the second alternate at his position. Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy was selected to play in the game earlier this week when Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson withdrew from the game because of a sprained right foot.

He’ll join left tackle Trent Williams, who was among the initial wave of players selected to play in the game on Dec. 27.

The game, which will be played Jan. 26 in Honolulu, will have a different format this season. Instead of being the traditional matchup between teams representing the AFC and NFC, the two teams will be selected by Hall of Famers Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice.