"After my foot examination (at the end of the season), I decided not to risk it," said Brooks on Thursday on his weekly radio show on WQYK, 1010 AM. "Also with the [coaching] situation, I want to be sure I'm 100 percent for my new coach. I have to be hitting on all cylinders.
"I fought this (foot) thing for four months and 6-8 weeks of rest is what it's going to take. I do feel very disappointed."
Brooks' teammate DT Warren Sapp announced two day ago that he would not be playing in the Pro Bowl due to a left shoulder injury that will require surgery. Both Sapp and Brooks had been selected to their fifth consecutive Pro Bowls, and both will not be able to participate.
Despite Sapp and Brooks opting not to go play in the Pro Bowl, Bucs FB Mike Alstott, CB Ronde Barber, WR Keyshawn Johnson and SS John Lynch will still represent Tampa Bay and the NFC in the league's all-star game.
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