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 NFL.com.
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
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.
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: cbsprt.co/Smithtriceps— CBSSports.com (@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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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