UPDATE: Eric Wood and Tyrod Taylor have been named to the Pro Bowl.
The Pro Bowl game is nearly unwatchable. It's no secret. The NFL's version of an All-Star game features great players who aren't exactly giving the greatest of effort. That said, being named to the game is an honor and can mean something in terms of contract incentives for individual players.
As of now, the Buffalo Bills don't have anyone attending the Pro Bowl. Their lone representative, LeSean McCoy, bowed out due to injury last week so now Bills fans must wait to see if any alternates get added to the roster. Buffalo's alternates for the game include Tyrod Taylor, Richie Incognito, Eric Wood and Marcell Dareus.
Last night, Pro Football Talk mentioned that 14 alternates were needed for the Pro Bowl to replace all of the players from the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos who will be too busy preparing for the Super Bowl. This could be good news for the Bills.
Quarterback Cam Newton, center Ryan Kalil, offensive guard Trai Turner, and defensive tackle Kawann Short are among the 14 players who won't be in Hawaii. As of this writing, the only name that has been announced as a replacement for one of these four players is Logan Mankins going in place of Turner. However, it's still possible that Taylor, Wood, and Dareus get a call to replace Newton, Kalil and Short.
Even if these players get passed over now, it's very possible that some players from the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals pass on the Pro Bowl. Some of the players to keep an eye on from these rosters are Carson Palmer, Mike Iupati, and Tom Brady. If any of them pass, it increases the odds of Taylor and Incognito getting a call.
To fans, the Pro Bowl is a rather meaningless game, but being added to the game could mean a lot to some Bills players.null