After the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos advanced to the Super Bowl on Sunday, some well-deserving players learned they'll be heading to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl next week.
The NFL named five Pro Bowl replacements after the Panthers and Broncos won their respective conference championship games. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will send linebacker Lavonte David to Hawaii for the first time (replacing Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware) and offensive lineman Logan Mankins (replacing Panthers offensive lineman Trai Turner) for the seventh time, according to Joe Kania of Buccaneers.com.
|2016 Pro Bowl Replacements|
|Lavonte David||LB||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||DeMarcus Ware (DEN)|
|Logan Mankins||OL||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Trai Turner (CAR)|
|Vontae Davis||DB||Indianapolis Colts||Chris Harris Jr. (DEN)|
|Jurrell Casey||DL||Tennessee Titans||Kawann Short (CAR)|
|Delanie Walker||TE||Tennessee Titans||Greg Olsen (CAR)|
|Tyrod Taylor||QB||Buffalo Bills||Cam Newton (CAR)|
|Eric Wood||C||Buffalo Bills||Ryan Kalil (CAR)|
|Julius Peppers||LB||Green Bay Packers||Von Miller (DEN)|
|Elvis Dumervil||OLB||Baltimore Ravens||Thomas Davis (CAR)|
|Patrick DiMarco||FB||Atlanta Falcons||Mike Tolbert (CAR)|
|Derrick Johnson||LB||Kansas City Chiefs||Luke Kuechly (CAR)|
|Mike Adams||S||Indianapolis Colts||Kam Chancellor (SEA)|
|Harrison Smith||S||Minnesota Vikings||Earl Thomas (SEA)|
|Richie Incognito||OG||Buffalo Bills||Mike Iupati (ARI)|
|Gary Barnidge||TE||Cleveland Browns||Rob Gronkowski (NE)|
|Teddy Bridgewater||QB||Minnesota Vikings||Carson Palmer (ARI)|
|Anthony Barr||LB||Minnesota Vikings||Jamie Collins (NE)|
|Cameron Jordan||DE||New Orleans Saints||TBD|
|Adam Jones||CB||Cincinnati Bengals||TBD|
|T.Y. Hilton||WR||Indianapolis Colts||Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)|
|Jameis Winston||QB||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Tom Brady (NE)|
|Malcolm Jenkins||S||Philadelphia Eagles||TBD|
|Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie||CB||New York Giants||Malcolm Butler (NE)|
|Josh Brown||K||New York Giants||Stephen Gostkowski (NE)|
The Bucs' official Twitter feed posted a congratulatory tweet to the two stars:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @TBBuccaneers
#PROBOWL UPDATE! @LavonteDavid54 will replace D. Ware & Logan Mankins will replace T. Turner in the 2016 Pro Bowl! https://t.co/Rp052VDk9E2016-1-25 03:54:41
The Indianapolis Colts announced that cornerback Vontae Davis will play in his second straight Pro Bowl, replacing Denver defensive back Chris Harris Jr.
It was also a happy time for the Colts, as they tweeted the good news for their lockdown corner:
Indianapolis Colts @Colts
21 is headed to Hawaii! Congrats @vontaedavis! #ProBowl2016 https://t.co/TothT0G2fv2016-1-25 04:11:42
Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com reported that defensive tackle Jurrell Casey (replacing Carolina's Kawann Short) and tight end Delanie Walker (replacing Carolina's Greg Olsen) will represent the Tennessee Titans in Hawaii.
The Titans also sent their congrats, via Titans Radio on Twitter:
Titans Radio @titansradio
#Titans in the Pro Bowl ✔️✔️ Congratulations to Delanie Walker & Jurrell Casey! These two men have earned it‼️ https://t.co/ggtmYvoKxd2016-1-25 04:53:28
On Monday, the Green Bay Packers announced that Julius Peppers replaced Denver's Von Miller at linebacker, while Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com announced that quarterback Tyrod Taylor and center Eric Wood replaced Cam Newton and Ryan Kalil at their respective positions. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle noted Atlanta Falcons fullback Patrick DiMarco would be taking the place of Mike Tolbert.
Garrett Downing of BaltimoreRavens.com announced that linebacker Elvis Dumervil was added as a replacement for Carolina's Thomas Davis, while Herbie Teope of Chiefs Digest noted that Kansas City linebacker Derrick Johnson would replace the Panthers' Luke Kuechly.
Kevin Bowen of Colts.com also confirmed that safety Mike Adams will take the place of Seattle's Kam Chancellor for the Hawaii showcase. Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith replaced another Seahawks player, Earl Thomas, which Minnesota confirmed Monday. Joining Smith from Minnesota will be quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and Anthony Barr, both making their first trips. Bridgewater will replace Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, who told reporters Monday he will not play in the game in order to allow his injured finger to heal.
Jeff Darlington of NFL Network reported Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito will replace Arizona Cardinals guard Mike Iupati. Incognito becomes the first Bills guard since 2003 (Ruben Brown) to be named to the Pro Bowl, per Bills PR.
There was also good news for the Cleveland Browns on Monday, as tight end Gary Barnidge was named to the Pro Bowl roster, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. He will replace New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, per Zac Jackson of Pro Football Talk. Joel A. Erickson of the Advocate also reported that New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan will take part in the game.
Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins was also added to the Pro Bowl roster, as he confirmed on Twitter late Monday night:
Malcolm Jenkins @MalcolmJenkins
Just got the call that I'll be on my way to Hawaii! Better late than never! #flyeaglesfly #grateful #blessed 🙌🏾 https://t.co/We1BIJsOov2016-1-26 03:04:34
Joining his Colts teammates Adams and Davis in Hawaii is Indianapolis receiver T.Y. Hilton, replacing Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Cincinnati corner Adam "Pacman" Jones will also be heading to Hawaii, along with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, who will play in his first Pro Bowl in his first year.
On Tuesday, the Giants got some good news, as the team announced cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and kicker Josh Brown will play in the Pro Bowl, replacing the Patriots' Malcolm Butler and Stephen Gostkowski, respectively.
A few more players should hear good news in the near future, as Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio noted the NFL will need to replace at least 14 players who will be participating in Super Bowl 50. As of Tuesday, the list is up to 24, counting the non-Panthers and Broncos players.