Sapp Will Miss Pro Bowl Due to Shoulder Surgery

January 16 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Warren Sapp was selected to his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl a few weeks ago, but shoulder surgery will not enable him to participate in Feb. 9's annual all-star game in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Tampa Bay DT Warren Sapp was selected to his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl two weeks ago and was supposed to start, but offseason surgery will cause him to miss the National Football League's all-star game.

"It's not a big deal," said Sapp. "I'm having my shoulder scoped and I plan to watch big Ted Washington (Chicago Bears) do his thing at the Pro Bowl."

Sapp's left shoulder has not been 100 percent since mid-season, but he's not expected to miss the Buccaneers' mini-camp, which should be held sometime in late April or early March.

Five other Buccaneers will represent the team and the NFC on Feb. 9 in Honolulu. Bucs FB Mike Alstott and LB Derrick Brooks will start while CB Ronde Barber and SS John Lynch will come in for the starters and see plenty of playing time.

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