With Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt undergoing sport hernia surgery in Philadelphia with Dr. William Meyers, he will miss the Pro-Bowl game and be replaced by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen.
Watt has been selected to the Pro-Bowl in four consecutive seasons and this will be the first Pro Bowl game he missed due to an injury. Watt was dealing with a groin injury for about half the season and a broken hand he played with for the final month of the season. A healthy Watt is the priority for the defensive end and the Texans for 2016.
Also, left tackle Duane Brown will miss the game with a torn right quadricep he suffered in week 17 and he would have been the replacement for Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Jason Peters, who will too miss the game due to injury.
The lone representative for the Texans in Hawaii will be DeAndre Hopkins who is making his first appearance at the end of the season annual game.