Pro Bowl Selections 2013: Alternates You Can Expect to See in Honolulu

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IDecember 27, 2012

All hope is not lost, Richard Sherman.

The Seattle Seahawks' lock-down cornerback, who is widely regarded as this year's biggest Pro Bowl snub, had to settle for an alternate selection. But if the past is any indication, a handful of spots will soon be opening up. 

Well, a giant's handful. 

Last year alone, 25 players opted out of the NFL's All-Star game either because of injury or the desire to play in some other game instead—I think they call it the Super Bowl or something.

Sherman might have a tough time jumping Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings or Patrick Peterson in the NFC, but several other players will soon be booking their flights to Honolulu.

Let's take a look at the most likely.

Note: A complete look at both Pro Bowl rosters can be found at the bottom of this page, or at


Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

Robert Griffin III may have been the only non-specialist rookie selected to this year's big game, but No. 1 pick Andrew Luck may soon be joining him.

According to everyone's favorite crazy tweeter, Colts owner Jim Irsay, Luck was selected as the AFC's first QB alternate:

Andrew Luck selected 1st alternate for Pro Bowl, Dwight is 2nd alternate.Congrats!

— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) December 27, 2012

Chances are fairly strong that one of either Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or Matt Schaub will be representing the AFC in the Super Bowl, which would open up a spot for the rook. 


Jermaine Gresham, TE, Cincinnati Bengals

Gresham has quietly had a career year to the tune of 64 catches, 737 yards and five touchdowns, but with Rob Gronkowski Bro-ing—not exactly sure what that means, but it's a good thing—all over defenses and Heath Miller also enjoying a career year, the Bengals tight end was forced to settle with a first alternate selection.

From Cincinnati radio host Lance McAlister:

4 Bengals players voted as alternates. Jermaine Gresham, Andrew Whitworth 1st alternates, and QB Andy Dalton & CB Leon Hall 3rd alternates.

— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) December 27, 2012

No worries, though.

Miller is set to undergo surgery to fix his ACL, MCL, PCL and whatever other CL's are in his knee. Meanwhile, even if Gronkowski decides to turn into Superman—or Adrian Peterson— he is coming back from a fractured forearm and won't likely bother with a meaningless January game. 


Ndamukong Suh, DT, Detroit Lions

That's right. The man who is quickly becoming known for hating Thanksgiving could soon be thanking Justin Smith for a trip to the Pro Bowl. 

The San Francisco 49ers' star interior lineman got the starting nod, but he's not exactly a picture of perfect health right now (via CBS Sports' Twitter account):

49ers stud DL Justin Smith reportedly has partially-torn triceps:

— (@CBSSports) December 27, 2012

While San Fran is hoping Smith will be able to play through what sounds like one of the most painful injuries ever, the odds of him participating in the Pro Bowl are somewhat similar to me getting a date with Kate Upton

Suh, who was selected as an alternate, will likely replace Smith in the middle of the NFC's dominant defensive line. 


AFC Offense

Position Player Team
QB Peyton Manning* Denver Broncos 
QB Tom Brady New England Patriots 
QB Matt Schaub Houston Texans 
RB Arian Foster* Houston Texans 
RB Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs 
RB Ray Rice Baltimore Ravens 
FB Vonta Leach* Baltimore Ravens 
WR A.J. Green* Cincinnati Bengals
WR Andre Johnson* Houston Texans 
WR Reggie Wayne Indianapolis Colts 
WR Wes Welker New England Patriots 
TE Rob Gronkowski* New England Patriots 
TE Heath Miller Pittsburgh Steelers 
T Joe Thomas* Cleveland Browns 
T Duane Brown* Houston Texans 
T Ryan Clady Denver Broncos 
G Logan Mankins* New England Patriots 
G Marshal Yanda* Baltimore Ravens 
G Wade Smith Houston Texans 
C Maurkice Pouncey* Pittsburgh Steelers 
C Chris Myers Houston Texans 
P Dustin Colquitt Kansas City Chiefs 
PK Phil Dawson  Cleveland Browns 
KR Jacoby Jones  Baltimore Ravens 
ST Matthew Slater New England Patriots 

*Denotes starter


AFC Defense

Position Player Team
DL J.J. Watt* Houston Texans 
DL Cameron Wake* Miami Dolphins 
DL Geno Atkins*  Cincinnati Bengals 
DL Vince Wilfork*  New England Patriots 
DL Elvis Dumervil Denver Broncos 
DL Haloti Ngata  Baltimore Ravens 
LB Von Miller*  Denver Broncos 
LB Tamba Hali*  Kansas City Chiefs 
LB Jerod Mayo* New England Patriots 
LB Robert Mathis  Indianapolis Colts 
LB Derrick Johnson  Kansas City Chiefs 
CB Champ Bailey* Denver Broncos 
CB Johnathan Joseph*  Houston Texans 
CB Antonio Cromartie  New York Jets 
S Ed Reed* Baltimore Ravens
S Eric Berry*  Kansas City Chiefs 
S LaRon Landry New York Jets 

*Denotes starter


NFC Offense

Position Player Team
QB Aaron Rodgers* Green Bay Packers
QB Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons 
QB Robert Griffin III  Washington Redskins 
RB Adrian Peterson*  Minnesota Vikings 
RB Marshawn Lynch   Seattle Seahawks 
RB Frank Gore San Francisco 49ers 
FB Jerome Felton*  Minnesota Vikings 
WR Calvin Johnson*  Detroit Lions 
WR Brandon Marshall Chicago Bears 
WR Julio Jones  Atlanta Falcons 
WR Victor Cruz  New York Giants 
TE Tony Gonzalez*  Atlanta Falcons 
TE Jason Witten  Dallas Cowboys 
T Russell Okung*  Seattle Seahawks 
T Joe Staley* San Francisco 49ers 
T Trent Williams  Washington Redskins 
G Mike Iupati*  San Francisco 49ers 
G Jahri Evans*  New Orleans Saints 
G Chris Snee  New York Giants 
C Max Unger*  Seattle Seahawks 
C Jeff Saturday Green Bay Packers 
P Thomas Morstead  New Orleans Saints 
PK  Blair Walsh Minnesota Vikings 
KR Leon Washington Seattle Seahawks 
ST  Lorenzo Alexander Washington Redskins 

*Denotes starter


NFC Defense

Position Player Team
DL Jason Pierre-Paul* New York Giants 
DL Julius Peppers*  Chicago Bears 
DL Justin Smith* San Francisco 49ers 
DL Henry Melton*  Chicago Bears 
DL Jared Allen  Minnesota Vikings 
DL Gerald McCoy  Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
LB Aldon Smith*  San Francisco 49ers 
LB DeMarcus Ware*  Dallas Cowboys 
LB Patrick Willis*  San Francisco 49ers 
LB Clay Matthews  Green Bay Packers 
LB NaVorro Bowman  San Francisco 49ers 
CB Charles Tillman*  Chicago Bears 
CB Tim Jennings*  Chicago Bears 
CB Patrick Peterson  Arizona Cardinals 
S Dashon Goldson*  San Francisco 49ers 
S Donte Whitner*  San Francisco 49ers 
S Earl Thomas Seattle Seahawks 

*Denotes starter



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