Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was selected to the Pro Bowl for the fourth time after another stellar season in Houston, but the game will have to go on without him.
Watt had groin surgery this week and the rehab from the procedure doesn’t involve playing in an exhibition game. That only left the question of who would be taking his spot in Hawaii.
Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that it will be Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen. Griffen is coming off a season that saw him record 10.5 sacks in 15 games, including a pair in the Week 17 win over the Packers that made the Vikings the NFC North champions. He forced an Aaron Rodgers fumble that cornerback Captain Munnerlyn returned for a touchdown on one of the sacks. Griffen also had a sack in last Sunday’s playoff loss to the Seahawks.
It’s the first time that Griffen has been selected to the Pro Bowl. Running back Adrian Peterson is the only other Vikings player currently on the roster for the game.