Andrew Whitworth replaces Ryan Clady on AFC Pro Bowl team

AP

When the names of this years Pro Bowl players were announced last month, Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth expressed some strong feelings about the process used to put the teams together.

“It’s a joke to me,” Whitworth said, via the Dayton Daily News. “It’s a popularity contest. You see it every year. There are guys that don’t even play half a season, get put on IR and they still make the Pro Bowl. I don’t worry about that stuff every year. I plan to try and make the playoffs and do what I do and that’s it. That’s all you can do. It doesn’t matter one way or the other to me. I know people probably think that’s crazy, but it really doesn’t.”

The joke’s now on Whitworth since he’s the newest member of the AFC roster for the game in Hawaii on January 27th. Broncos tackle Ryan Clady has withdrawn from the game because of an injury, opening a door for Whitworth to make the roster for the first time in his career.

It’s been a busy day for Pro Bowl dropouts. Clady joins Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as players who won’t be taking spots on the field.