Favre, Green out, Driver in Pro Bowl

Packers quarterback Brett Favre and running back Ahman Green will not participate in the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl on Feb. 2, but wide receiver Donald Driver has received an invitation to play in the annual all-star game in Honolulu.<p>

Driver will replace Minnesota's Randy Moss on the NFC roster. Driver caught a career-high 70 passes for 1,064 yards and nine touchdowns last year. He was a first alternate when the Pro Bowl choices were announced in December.

Driver suffered a bruised/sprained right shoulder Dec. 29 against the New York Jets. He indicated earlier this month that he would play in the Pro Bowl if he was invited to play as an alternate.

Favre is skipping the Pro Bowl for the third straight time, despite being named the starting QB for the NFC squad. Favre injured his knee and ankle this season and failed his exit physical two days after Green Bay's 27-7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Jan. 4. Favre last played in the Pro Bowl six years ago, his fourth appearance. He backed out of the 1998 and 2002 games because of injury.

Favre has been voted to the Pro Bowl six times in his 12-year career and also played in the game after the 1993 season as an injury replacement.

Atlanta's Michael Vick or San Francisco's Jeff Garcia will start for the NFC in Favre's place.

Green will not play because of a knee injury. He was one of the Packers' five Pro Bowl selections when the teams were announced last month. Green will be replaced by Minnesota's Michael Bennett.

Bennett ran for 1,296 yards on 255 carries (5.1 avg.) and 5 TDs on the season, the 2nd-best single-season yardage mark in team history. Bennett also caught 37 passes for 351 yards and a TD, tying for 3rd on the team in catches. Bennett ranked 3rd in the NFC in rushing yardage and 3rd in the NFC in total yards from scrimmage (1,647). His 1,647 yards from scrimmage ranks 6th in Vikings history.

"I'm honored to take part in the game. It was one of my goals entering the season," Bennett said. "It's an honor to play alongside the best players in the League and guys I've looked up to and idolized. Hopefully it will be the first of many Pro Bowls for me. It's something I dreamed about as a kid and it's a dream come true now."

Green Bay safety Darren Sharper, guard Marco Rivera and tight end Bubba Franks are expected to participate in the game.

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