Another Buc Bites the Dust

January 18 – Tampa Bay Buccaneer ROLB Derrick Brooks has opted to not play in the Pro Bowl on Feb. 9 in Honolulu, Hawaii due to his concern about re-injuring a foot injury that he sustained earlier in the season. Bucs DT Warren Sapp recently announced he would skip the Pro Bowl and have offseason shoulder surgery instead. Tampa Bay will still send four players to the Pro Bowl.

Buccaneers Pro Bowl ROLB Derrick Brooks figured he'd be better off safe than sorry, so he has chosen not to make the trip to Honolulu, Hawaii to play in the National Football League's all-star game on Feb. 9. Brooks injured his foot against the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 7 and suffered from the nagging foot injury throughout the rest of the 2001-2002 season. It was a tough decision, but Brooks doesn't think playing in the Pro Bowl is worth risking further injury.

"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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