Nick Mangold to Replace Mike Pouncey at 2016 NFL Pro Bowl

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 7, 2016

New York Jets center Nick Mangold, right, and Chris Ivory, left, look at the score board during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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New York Jets offensive lineman Nick Mangold will be a Pro Bowler for the seventh time, getting an invite to the Jan. 31 NFL all-star game to replace Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey.     

The Jets confirmed Mangold's spot on the Pro Bowl roster Thursday on their official Twitter account. 

According to Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post, Pouncey is dealing with a foot injury that will keep him out of the Pro Bowl. 

Pouncey originally injured his foot, ironically, in a Week 12 game against the Jets. He played the Dolphins' next three games before exiting in Week 15 against the San Diego Chargers with a leg injury that caused him to miss the final two games. 

A three-time Pro Bowler, Pouncey has been hit by injury problems the last three years. He hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2012, his second year in the NFL. 

Mangold, on the other hand, has been able to stay healthy for most of his career. The 31-year-old has had to miss one game each of the last two years but has only missed a total of four games in 10 seasons. 

Even though the Pro Bowl has become old hat for Mangold at this point in his career, O'Connor Davies' sports and entertainment senior group manager, Robert Raiola, noted it's a profitable trip for the veteran center:

The Jets now have four players on the Pro Bowl roster, including cornerback Darrelle Revis, wide receiver Brandon Marshall and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson. 

Even though Mangold would certainly rather be preparing for a playoff game this weekend, securing his seventh Pro Bowl appearance since 2008 and a trip to Hawaii isn't a bad consolation prize as he begins early preparations for another season in 2016.