As the NFL Pro Bowl draws closer, the list of players opting out of the annual All-Star event usually grows fairly long prior to kickoff. Two players voted to the Pro Bowl decided to opt out of the event on Tuesday. Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson have both decided to skip the game. Both players are citing injuries as the reason for the decision.
Rodgers will be replaced by alternate quarterback Eli Manning while Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson will replace Johnson. Johnson struggled with various injuries in the second half of the season despite putting up remarkable numbers on the year.
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has already been named to replace Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III. Griffin has undergone knee surgery to repair his ACL and LCL injuries.
Rodgers has been critical of the Pro Bowl and the effort put forth by the players in the game in the past. Last season, he told reporters that he was disappointed in the effort put forth, saying he thought some of the players on the NFC side of the ball embarrassed themselves.