2016 NFL Pro Bowl Sets Record for Most Players Named to Event

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2016 NFL Pro Bowl Sets Record for Most Players Named to Event
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Missing out on this year's Pro Bowl may have actually been more difficult than earning a trip to Hawaii. The Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info) noted Tuesday that 133 players were named to the 2016 Pro Bowl, a record for the event.   

Players from the two Super Bowl teams are excluded from playing in the game, while others are injured and unable to play. ESPN's Andrew Brandt implied other players may be looking for a reason to skip the event:

Here's a look at all of the Pro Bowl replacements:

2016 Pro Bowl Replacements
Position Replacement Player Replaced
QB Teddy Bridgewater, MIN Carson Palmer, ARI
QB Derek Carr, OAK Aaron Rodgers, GB
QB Eli Manning, NYG Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
QB Tyrod Taylor, BUF Cam Newton, CAR
QB Jameis Winston, TB Tom Brady, NE
RB Chris Ivory, NYJ LeSean McCoy, BUF
RB Latavius Murray, OAK Jonathan Stewart, CAR
FB Patrick DiMarco, ATL Mike Tolbert, CAR
WR Amari Cooper, OAK Brandon Marshall, NYJ
WR T.Y. Hilton, IND Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
WR Allen Robinson, JAX Calvin Johnson, DET
TE Gary Barnidge, CLE Rob Gronkowski, NE
TE Delanie Walker, TEN Greg Olsen, CAR
OG Richie Incognito, BUF Mike Iupati, ARI
OG Logan Mankins, TB Trai Turner, CAR
C Eric Wood, BUF Ryan Kalil, CAR
DE Carlos Dunlap, CIN Muhammad Wilkerson, NYJ
DT Jurrell Casey, TEN Kawann Short, CAR
OLB Anthony Barr, MIN Jamie Collins, NE
OLB Lavonte David, TB DeMarcus Ware, DEN
OLB Elvis Dumervil, BAL Thomas Davis, CAR
OLB Sean Lee, DAL Justin Houston, KC
OLB Julius Peppers, GB Von Miller, DEN
ILB Derrick Johnson, KC Luke Kuechly, CAR
CB Vontae Davis, IND Chris Harris Jr., DEN
CB Brent Grimes, MIA Aqib Talib, DEN
CB Adam Jones, CIN Patrick Peterson, ARI
CB Desmond Trufant, ATL Josh Norman, CAR
FS Malcolm Jenkins, PHI Tyrann Mathieu, ARI
FS Reshad Jones, MIA Reggie Nelson, CIN
FS Harrison Smith, MIN Earl Thomas, SEA
SS Mike Adams, IND Kam Chancellor, SEA
ST Cedric Peerman, CIN Matthew Slater, NE

Source: NFL.com

Michael Schur, who co-founded Fire Joe Morgan, believes the roster situation is getting ridiculous:

The Draw Play's Dave Rappoccio argued the roster turnover has devalued the Pro Bowl:

Being named a Pro Bowler is considered an honor, but having 100-plus players on the team takes some of that luster away. The NFL has tried various tactics to drive up interest in the game, but all of that is undercut when so many stars bow out.

It's understandable why players are loath to take part in an exhibition game after a grueling regular season. Going forward, the NFL might be best served by incentivizing active participation in the Pro Bowl.

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