Chiefs coach Andy Reid and Packers coach Mike McCarthy will be on the sideline for the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, but a Pro Bowler from each of their teams has dropped out of the game this week.
Neither Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston nor Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be taking part in the contest. Houston missed the final five games of the regular season with a knee injury and had a hard time playing with a brace protecting the injury during the team’s two postseason contests. There was no specific injury issue for Rodgers late in the season, but he wouldn’t be the first to pass on the game in that situation.
Houston’s spot will be taken by Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee. Lee returned from missing the entire 2014 season with a torn ACL and had 128 tackles, 2.5 sacks and an interception in 14 starts for Dallas. He joins kicker Dan Bailey, center Travis Frederick, guard Zach Martin and tackle Tyron Smith as Cowboys participating in the game.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will go in Rodgers’ place. It’s the first selection for Carr, who improved across the board in his second NFL season. Linebacker Khalil Mack, safety Charles Woodson and fullback Marcel Reece were also selected from the Raiders, but Reece won’t take part after being suspended for four games in late December due to a violation of the PED policy.