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

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 25: Team Carter running back Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs is hit by Team Irvin defensive end Cameron Wake #91 of the Indianapolis Colts (right) and inside linebacker Luke Kuechly #59 of the Carolina Panthers (left) during the first half of the 2015 Pro Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 25, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2016

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
PositionReplacementPlayer Replaced
QBTeddy Bridgewater, MINCarson Palmer, ARI
QBDerek Carr, OAKAaron Rodgers, GB
QBEli Manning, NYGBen Roethlisberger, PIT
QBTyrod Taylor, BUFCam Newton, CAR
QBJameis Winston, TBTom Brady, NE
RBChris Ivory, NYJLeSean McCoy, BUF
RBLatavius Murray, OAKJonathan Stewart, CAR
FBPatrick DiMarco, ATLMike Tolbert, CAR
WRAmari Cooper, OAKBrandon Marshall, NYJ
WRT.Y. Hilton, INDLarry Fitzgerald, ARI
WRAllen Robinson, JAXCalvin Johnson, DET
TEGary Barnidge, CLERob Gronkowski, NE
TEDelanie Walker, TENGreg Olsen, CAR
OGRichie Incognito, BUFMike Iupati, ARI
OGLogan Mankins, TBTrai Turner, CAR
CEric Wood, BUFRyan Kalil, CAR
DECarlos Dunlap, CINMuhammad Wilkerson, NYJ
DTJurrell Casey, TENKawann Short, CAR
OLBAnthony Barr, MINJamie Collins, NE
OLBLavonte David, TBDeMarcus Ware, DEN
OLBElvis Dumervil, BALThomas Davis, CAR
OLBSean Lee, DALJustin Houston, KC
OLBJulius Peppers, GBVon Miller, DEN
ILBDerrick Johnson, KCLuke Kuechly, CAR
CBVontae Davis, INDChris Harris Jr., DEN
CBBrent Grimes, MIAAqib Talib, DEN
CBAdam Jones, CINPatrick Peterson, ARI
CBDesmond Trufant, ATLJosh Norman, CAR
FSMalcolm Jenkins, PHITyrann Mathieu, ARI
FSReshad Jones, MIAReggie Nelson, CIN
FSHarrison Smith, MINEarl Thomas, SEA
SSMike Adams, INDKam Chancellor, SEA
STCedric Peerman, CINMatthew 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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