NFL announces 14 replacement Pro Bowlers

The New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts had seven Pro Bowlers each, but with the Pro Bowl taking place the Sunday before the Super Bowl this season, they’ll now have no one in the league’s annual all-star game. So the NFL announced today that 14 new Pro Bowlers have been added to the game to replace those 14 Super Bowl players.

We’ve previously noted that Jaguars quarterback David Garrard is going in place of Peyton Manning and Redskins linebacker London Fletcher is going in place of Jonathan Vilma.

Via NFL.com, the rest of the AFC replacements are Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson (replacing Reggie Wayne), Steelers tight end Heath Miller (replacing Dallas Clark), Titans center Kevin Mawae (replacing Jeff Saturday), Titans defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (replacing Dwight Freeney), Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis (replacing Robert Mathis) and Dolphins safety Yeremiah Bell (replacing Antoine Bethea).

The NFC replacements are Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb (replacing Drew Brees), Giants tackle David Diehl (replacing Jon Stinchcomb), Giants guard Chris Snee (replacing Jahri Evans), Panthers center Ryan Kalil (replacing Jonathan Goodwin), Cardinals free safety Antrel Rolle (replacing Darren Sharper) and Eagles strong safety Quintin Mikell (replacing Roman Harper).

Expect an announcement in the next day or two that a few more players have been added to replace some injured Vikings.

89 responses to “NFL announces 14 replacement Pro Bowlers

  1. What a worthless piece of garbage the Pro-Bowl is. Fans vote for their own players in the ultimate act of homerism. Then we all pretend it’s legit.

  2. It must be getting rough, because I just got a call from the league office asking me if I would like to participate in the game. Stay by your phones people!

  3. Heath miller finally gets his dues. Honestly they should just move it back to after the sb and just make it flag football so more players would go and it would look like the irrelevant game it is.

  4. Eliminate the AFC/NCF and make it one squad. Put that squad up against a team of college all stars. What a joke this is.

  5. “Donovan McNabb (replacing Drew Brees)”
    “Eagles strong safety Quintin Mikell (replacing Roman Harper)”
    Seriously?

  6. I think its great that some players get a chance to go to Pro Bowl to fill in and help. BUT……………
    I have a problem with them saying X player is a 12 time Pro Bowler. When 7 of the Pro Bowls he was a replacement addition. I think the league should only keep track of Pro Bowls that players were voted in to, and not add in times they were injury replacements. Waters down the accomplishments of others.

  7. Wow NFL, I hope you are getting what you wanted with this new format. It’s like a Little League game. Everyone gets a chance to play.

  8. The NFL should announce more than this. The Vikings got ROBBED. I am not a Vikings fan but that Pass interference call in OT was BS and that catch was BS. The ball clearly hit the ground and he rewrapped the ball in his hands. The linebacker never even hit the tightend. ESPN showed it. Way to rip off the Vikings NFL. What a joke.

  9. Are all the initial Pro Bowlers and the replacements considered “Pro Bowlers”? Roethlisberger was a replacement, then he backed out. He wasn’t voted in and won’t play in it, but does his total number of Pro Bowls go up by 1?

  10. I wish they’d just give up on the pro-bowl all together. It’d a damn joke and even the most avid NFL fans could give a crap about it anymore especially when you have to see 3rd and 4th alternates in it. Just stick with electing an All-Pro team and skip the charade of the actual game.

  11. The NFL obviously knew that there was a very good chance that the two teams that make the Super Bowl would most likely contain multiple pro-bowlers, yet they went ahead and moved the game. Thereby acknowledging what everyone else already knew: the game itself is meaningless and irrelevant. What they are trying to do is at least make it a meaningless and irrelevant event that happens in the middle of a much larger happening.
    I think this was a good decision. Now the game will be one more fun part of a huge party instead of a mostly-ignored afterthought occurring after everyone has stopped caring.
    Who cares who’s in the game? Pass me another Mojito.

  12. I know that no one cares because he plays for the Lions. But Louis Delmas had better stats in every category, on a much wore team and in one less game than Quentin Mikell. Why don’t they call it the popularity bowl instead of the pro-bowl.

  13. Krow says:
    January 25, 2010 11:03 AM
    What a worthless piece of garbage the Pro-Bowl is. Fans vote for their own players in the ultimate act of homerism. Then we all pretend it’s legit.
    ——————————-
    Ummm…….who’s pretending it’s legit?

  14. Still no Falcons players on there… No Curtis Lofton who was leading the NFC in tackles for a while… No Roddy White with another 1000 yard receiving season and like 15Tds… no Gonzales with another great year… And yet David Garrard is going. Yeah, makes sense.

  15. Yeah, I’d like to know the logic or formula that puts McNabb in the ProBowl over Romo.
    Romo’s had more completions, higher completion %, more td’s, less ints, more long pass plays, less sacks, a higher qb rating, & beat McNabb everytime they played this year…?!
    Statistically, Romo pwned McNabb. On the scoreboard, Romo wins. For McNabb to make it over Romo makes no sense at all.

  16. Every warm body that can don pads and put on a helmet will get a Goodie Bag containing the following neat-o items:
    – Juice box (sorry, no choice of flavor)
    – Certificate of Participation, personalized with their name, the NFL logo, and an autographed lithograph of Flipper the Dolphin in all his 1960s TV glory
    – Snack Pack single-serve pudding cup (again, no flavor choice)
    – Plastic spoon
    – Certificate good for 2 for 1 on Glutton Night at The Sizzler.

  17. Vincent Jackson ought to be sitting home. His playoff performance at the most critical time against the Colts was an embarrassment to say the least, that is made even worse by his off the field issues.

  18. it’s great to see mikell make the pro bowl. well deserved. he’s come a long way from undrafted rookie free agent to special teams ace to pro bowl safety. hopefully they fill the free safety position over the off-season.
    and to the bitter cowboys fans here…seriously? i know you’re still sad that your cowboys won’t be in miami because they choked against the vikings, and i guess the fact that more “0-3gles” players will be in miami than cowboys players, but maybe you need to consider that your team sucks and it’s only the pro bowl so you’re dorks for caring.
    and why are you whining about mikell anyway? who was supposed to make it instead of him, sensabaugh? it’s not even close. dorks.

  19. The Pro bowl is a joke. It is even more meaningless now that its before the Superbowl. Most of the players after being named don’t want to play in it anyway.
    Just list them and forget the game.

  20. Kyle Vanden Bosch? Are you kidding me? How does he make the Pro Bowl with 3 sacks over someone like Aaron Schobel who had 10?
    Agreed…this is a joke.

  21. Just cancel this game already.
    This is just a trainwreck…. Half of the active 2010 NFL rosters are now labeled with the prestige of being a “Pro-Bowler” due to Baddell failing to keep tradition going. Good job buddy.

  22. They need to stop calling these players “pro-bowlers”. They didnt earn the title. but they will still act like they did and try to get a bigger contract because of it.

  23. I must say that the worst part of all this is that those players selected to the Pro Bowl, but not going because they are in the Superbowl are still going to get paid……I wish that I could miss work for something important and still get bonus pay….lame…

  24. Tompadre, I just got the same call and my number’s unlisted! How did the NFL find me? Unfortunately I promised my dog I’d spend some quality time with him so I’m reluctantly bowing out too.

  25. Can we get a running total on exactly how many Pro-Bowlers have been named this year?
    With an exceptionally large number of players bowing out, surely this is a record year.
    Perhaps it will be easier if, come Sunday, you just provided a list of NFL players _NOT_ named to the 2010 Pro Bowl?

  26. You know what’s funny about this?
    Honest to God, when I saw this headline, I thought I had clicked on theonion.com by mistake.
    What a f—ing joke.

  27. I doubt Shaun Ellis will play either, since he has been playing with a broken hand, and had planned on surgery this week.

  28. .VoxVeritas says:
    January 25, 2010 11:08 AM
    “Donovan McNabb (replacing Drew Brees)”
    “Eagles strong safety Quintin Mikell (replacing Roman Harper)”
    Seriously?
    ————————————————
    Hmm. What ever happened to “America’s Team?” America voted and only a handful of Cowboys got any love.

  29. When will the NFL get rid of this game that no one wants to play in and no one wants to watch? It makes no sense to play this game given the injury factor of the sport, and now they are having the best players of the best two teams not even able to play on it? It’s a joke.
    Solution is to simply give out an award to each pro bowler at the end of the season and call it a day.

  30. I never want to hear again; “Player X made 12 Pro Bowls, he’s a Hall of Famer”
    A player’s career cannot be measured in how many Pro Bowls they made, it’s meaningless and has become the pro equivalent of every kid gets a ribbon for participating.

  31. So it’s now the “Pro Bowl for players who didn’t actually get voted into the Pro Bowl”…Bowl.

  32. mustbechris, the Douche Academy called. They want you to pick up a gallon of milk on your way back. And the Lombardi Trophy Polishing service called – that call wasn’t for you or your team though. (Good thing they give the Cowboys a discount – five trophies take a lot of polishing …)

  33. The only thing that would make this better is if the coaches started to bow out and we had to go to alternates

  34. One of the replacements may have to be replaced. Shaun Ellis has a broken hand, and he was scheduled to have surgery this week. If they run out of possible replacements, I am more than willing to go myself. I could use the week off in the sun.

  35. Here’s the big issue: What is the value of having a Pro-bowl that occurs BEFORE the Super Bowl? What genius made that up?
    First of all, many of the good, big-time players will be playing in the Super Bowl. So now, the Pro Bowl is a consolation prize.
    And then, to shore up the roster, you have to put in players that really have no business in a Pro Bowl, ‘All-Star’-type game. I mean, where on earth would a David Garrard replace a Peyton Manning in anything?
    It makes the Pro Bowl into a rolling joke. I guess they should have the game on some field in Miami that can be surrounded by tents on marketers and advertisers hawking products. And perhaps, some carnival rides, some ponies for the kiddies, and cotton candy. (I like cotton candy.)
    They can call it: “The Pro Bowl Experience!” You can even pick random fans out of the crowd and play tricks on them… Globetrotter-style!

  36. Hey MUSTBECHRIS, u my friend have no clue !!
    You have the nerve to say Dallas choked ? lol
    How’d your Iggles fair against the Cowboys this year? All I heard the whole off-season was 44-6.
    well how about 20-16 , 24-0 and 34-14…
    where was that high -powered offense?
    All the Eagles do is CHOKE……so chew on those scores ALL off-season
    CLOWN

  37. Stupid to move the date of the pro bowl and stupid to move it from Hawaii. The exec who thought that up should get the ax.

  38. I’m an Eagles fan and Mikell making the Pro Bowl is laughable, that guy couldn’t tackle my grandma at the end of the year

  39. They should stop playing the Pro Bowl. Just make it recognition of a great season.. Like the AP All-Pro team. No one cares to watch it, the players don’t want to be there. Scrub it. Maybe give them the trip to Hawaii and do some skills competitions, but no game. Do a frickin obstacle course or something.
    The game itself sucks and this revolving door welcoming in the top 10 vote getters at each position is just ridiculous. Thanks, Roger. You’re doing a hell of a job!

  40. If Favre doesn’t play in the Pro Bowl, Romo has to get in. Had a career year and outplayed McNabb and Brees head to head.

  41. Boooooring….
    I bet more people watch the QB Challenge. Yeah, it’s that bad.
    If you think the # of players named to the Pro Bowl is bad, wait until they extend the regular season to 19 weeks (+2 games) and the media makes a big deal about all of the records falling (rush yards, td passes, on and on)…

  42. Eagles replacements Mcflab and Mikell,political correctness takes center stage.Rush Limbaugh was right on the money!

  43. Nobody cares about the Pro Bowl after the superbowl. Nobody watches, nobody cares.
    By having it the week before the Superbowl, it becomes a good football filler while we wait for the REAL game.
    Having it the week before the super bowl is a good idea.
    If no

  44. Nobody cares about the Pro Bowl after the superbowl. Nobody watches, nobody cares.
    By having it the week before the Superbowl, it becomes a good football filler while we wait for the REAL game.
    Having it the week before the super bowl is a good idea.
    If nobody cares anyhow, it’s better to have it the week before when people will watch.

  45. jkorn1818 says:
    January 25, 2010 11:43 AM
    Mcnabb in the pro bowl over manning and romo? negroid please
    Greatest Comment in PFT history !!

  46. DallasRules says:
    January 25, 2010 11:54 AM
    Hey MUSTBECHRIS, u my friend have no clue !!
    You have the nerve to say Dallas choked ? lol
    How’d your Iggles fair against the Cowboys this year? All I heard the whole off-season was 44-6.
    well how about 20-16 , 24-0 and 34-14…
    where was that high -powered offense?
    All the Eagles do is CHOKE……so chew on those scores ALL off-season
    CLOWN
    Please, everyone knows the bigger teh stagem the harder the choke. Way to score 3 points in the scond round of the playoffs, then whine that the scary vikings were running up the score.
    And hey Vox, maybe if you cowchip fans voted on the pro bowl instead of drinking your own kool aid you would be sending more players. LMFAO that QUINTIN MIKELL made it and not your boy T HOMO

  47. 3-34 sure looked like a massive choke to me.
    altho i would rather see romo than mcnabb, mcnabb and the eagles got to 11 wins without any semblance of a running game. that is a greater achievement for a qb, than doing it with a run game.
    players who are named and dont go and arent actually seriously injured should have their pro bowl status yanked and not get paid jack for it.

  48. By next week, I expect Florio to be named the starting QB for the NFC. Seriously, why don’t they just cancel this damn thing? I’d rather watch an Old-Timer flag-football game than this yawn-fest.

  49. There’s no point to even arguing about who got in anymore. Bring on the 4th receivers and nickelbacks.

  50. Seriously, is this even a Pro Bowl still?????
    At what point does the NFL open up try-outs for the game in Miami next week which will be one of the worst in ratrings they will ever have.
    WHO DAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. ClownBurger says:
    January 25, 2010 12:12 PM
    Nobody cares about the Pro Bowl after the superbowl. Nobody watches, nobody cares.
    By having it the week before the Superbowl, it becomes a good football filler while we wait for the REAL game.
    Having it the week before the super bowl is a good idea.
    If nobody cares anyhow, it’s better to have it the week before when people will watch.
    ——————————
    Maybe you didn’t read the thread. David Garrard is going. Yes, that David Garrard. It’s a complete joke. Goodell messed it up. This is definitely worse than playing in Hawaii after the Super Bowl.
    Pretty soon they’re going to rename it. “Pro Bowl” will not apply because they’re going to have players there who are not professionals.

  52. “Eliminate the AFC/NCF and make it one squad. Put that squad up against a team of college all stars. What a joke this is. ”
    Are you kidding me? The NCAA all-stars would crush them. There’s no salary cap in the NCAA! haha

  53. Wait until all the Vikings start dropping out. Its going to get worse. Guys who shouldnt be in the NFL are going to be all-stars.

  54. Hey Krow Fan Votes only count for 25% of the Probowl.So it’s not only fans 😛 its players,couches and media who are just as retarded on who they vote for.

  55. Heh…..every starting QB in the AFC South ends up making the Pro Bowl in the same season, either as a starter or as an alternate . That’s got to be some kind of record.
    I’m just looking forward to seeing Chris Johnson as he faces a defense comprised of second-tier players who have never worked together, and who are playing with no gameplan to speak of. It’ll be like watching a live-action version of Madden.

  56. I have to say, even though Romo is a queer (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and Manning throws most passes off his back foot while looking away from his target, they both had statistically better seasons than McNabb.

  57. Florio, by next Sunday can we have a tally of how many Pro Bowlers there are this season? How about a list by position for each team, complete with the names of the players not attending in strikeout font. This Pro Bowl is the worst mistake Goodell has made, and that’s saying something.

  58. I’d just like to call whoever changed the Superbowl to the week prior to the Superbowl an IDIOT.

  59. Archbishop says:
    January 25, 2010 5:21 PM
    I’d just like to call whoever changed the Superbowl to the week prior to the Superbowl an IDIOT.
    —————————
    Umm… Nevermind.

  60. Looks like there will be 10 Eagles
    QB Donovan Mcnabb
    LT Jason Peters
    FB Leonard Weaver
    WR Desean Jackson
    LS John Dorenbos
    DE Trent Cole
    CB Asante Samuels
    SS Quinton Mikell
    K David Akers
    And Most Likely CB Sheldon Brown will replace Antonio Winfield

  61. Florio-is-a-tool says:
    January 25, 2010 11:33 AM
    Tompadre, I just got the same call and my number’s unlisted! How did the NFL find me? Unfortunately I promised my dog I’d spend some quality time with him so I’m reluctantly bowing out too.
    =============================
    LOL!!
    Adam-Chris –
    I think the recognition thing you suggest is the way to go. Also think the list you mention of all the players voted or asked was a good idea too. Would be hysterical to see!

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