By Chris Emma–

(CBS) Bears guard Josh Sitton is headed to the Pro Bowl for a third straight year.

Sitton was named as a replacement for former Packers teammate T.J. Lang, who was underwent surgery for a hip injury suffered in the loss to the Falcons in the NFC Championship on Sunday.

The honor is Sitton’s third in as many seasons and fourth overall. He will join Bears rookie running back Jordan Howard on the NFC team.

In his ninth season, the 30-year-old Sitton joined the Bears prior to Week 1 after a surprising release from the Packers.

In his first season with the Bears, Sitton played in 13 games, starting 12. He missed three contests due to an ankle injury.

Sitton has two years remaining on a three-year deal signed with the Bears. The Pro Bowl will be played on Jan. 29 in Orlando.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for CBSChicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670 and like his Facebook page.