With the Super Bowl game to be played just one week later, it had been expected that the original Pro Bowl teams’ rosters would not work. With players from super bowl teams not to play in the game, the all-star game will be much less starring, and thus other big-name players find few reasons to play the game for the team they are in is in lack of star teammate or opponents.
In a word, it is a bad decision to have Pro Bowl game before the Super Bowl game. The supposed-to-be all-star game turned out to be starless. Most of the best players will be absent for this or that reason. How can still call it an all-star game when there are not such star players like Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Philip Rivers?
In order to avoid any possible risk of being unable to put on their Saints jerseys or Colts jerseys in time for the Super Bowl game, Brees, Jonathan Stinchcomb, Jahri Evans, Jonathan Goodwin, Jonathan Vilma, Darren Sharper and Roman Harper from the Saints will not play in the Pro Bowl, so do Manning, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Jeff Saturday, Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis and Antoine Bethea from the Colts.
Those gave up their chance in the Pro Bowl with excuses of injuries include: Chargers Rivers and Nate Kaeding, Patriots Brady and Wes Welker, Dolphins Jake Long, Texans Brian Cushing, Bills Jairus Byrd, Vikings Favre, Sidney Rice and Kevin Williams, Rams Steven Jackson, Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Cowboys Andre Gurode, Bears Lance Briggs, Packers Charles Woodson and 49ers Patrick Willis.