Philadelphia Eagles Send Zero Players to 2013 Pro Bowl

Bryn Swartz@eaglescentralSenior Writer IIIDecember 26, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 20:  Evan Mathis #69 of the Philadelphia Eagles lies on the turf against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 20, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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The National Football League has officially released its 2013 Pro Bowl selections, and the Philadelphia Eagles have sent zero players to the Pro Bowl for the first time since the 1998 season (the year before Andy Reid became head coach).

This is just the third time since the Pro Bowl's inception in 1951 that the Eagles have no players selected (1970, 1998, 2012).

The biggest snub for the Eagles is likely left guard Evan Mathis, who rates as the league's best offensive linemen, according to Pro Football Focus.

Mathis played in all 15 games so far this season, allowing just one sack and 12 hurries. He committed four penalties, all in the first two games.

Mathis held together an offensive line that has three starters out for the season (left tackle Jason Peters, center Jason Kelce, and right tackle Todd Herremans), plus a big hole at right guard that ended with the Eagles signing veteran free agent Jake Scott off the street to play the final seven games of the season.

Kicker Alex Henery is quietly having a tremendous season, connecting on 27 of 30 field goals, including 11-of-13 above 40 yards.

Colt Anderson is widely regarded as one of the top special teamers in the league, and he has thrived this season despite tearing his ACL last December.

Middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans has solidified the middle of the defense since he was acquired via trade this past offseason. But he hasn't shone as brightly as some of the league's top linebackers.

Other than Mathis, Ryans, Henery and Anderson, the Eagles have no players who even deserve consideration for the Pro Bowl. It's been a rough year for Eagles fans, as the team is heading into the season finale with a 4-11 record.