Philip Rivers takes a pass on Pro Bowl invite

AP

Well, this helps explain Tyrod Taylor being a Pro Bowler a little bit better.

According to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers passed on a chance to play in the all-star game this weekend.

Rivers, who was the fourth alternate, cited personal reasons for taking the game off, after he missed it for injury last season.

He and his wife just had an eighth child in October, and since they can’t be quite sure where they’re going to be living this fall, the overseas trip lost a bit of its charm.

Of the six quarterbacks initially picked for the game, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger and Cam Newton are already out, with Derek Carr, Eli Manning and Tyrod Taylor replacing them.

And until they show up in Honolulu, we’ll wait to see if Tom Brady, Russell Wilson and Carson Palmer follow through. There’s still time for Charlie Whitehurst to earn the nod he so richly deserves.