The Saints will have at least one Pro Bowler thanks to an injury, and if not for injury, it would have certainly been at least two.
The team announced that defensive end Cameron Jordan was going to the Pro Bowl, replacing Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones.
Jordan had a fine season in his own right, with 10.0 sacks for a bad defense. But if he hadn’t made it, the Saints would have been shut out of the all-star game for the first time since 2007.
But that has to be because Drew Brees elected not to go.
Though it hasn’t been publicly stated, Brees must have turned down an invitation because of the foot injury that bothered him late in the season. It simply doesn’t make sense otherwise, with quarterbacks such as Tyrod Taylor, Jameis Winston and Teddy Bridgewater going to Hawaii instead. Brees led the league in passing yards with 4,870 this year.
With all the youngsters being picked as replacements this year, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was smart to publicize his saying “no thanks,” lest anyone think anyone in their right minds would have preferred some of these quarterbacks to him.
Five of the six quarterbacks initially picked for the game have backed out (Cam Newton, Tom Brady, Carson Palmer, Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger), with only Russell Wilson left standing. The replacements in Hawaii include Taylor, Winston, Bridgewater, Eli Manning and Derek Carr.