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Pro Bowl 2018: Date, Kickoff Time, Format, AFC, NFC Rosters and More

Brian Pedersen@realBJPFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2018

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 29:  Jay Ajayi #23 of the AFC carries the ball in the first half against the NFC during the NFL Pro Bowl at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on January 29, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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We know which teams will be playing the Super Bowl, but the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles won't meet in Minneapolis until Feb. 4. That's a long time to wait for more football, but thankfully, the Pro Bowl exists to help fill the gap.

Sure, the stakes in Orlando won't be nearly as high, but the Pro Bowl is still a fun exhibition that gives NFL fans one last chance to see most of the game's top stars from the 2017 season.

The rosters were announced in mid-December, but since then several changes have been made beyond removing Patriots and Eagles players who will busy with Super Bowl preparations.

Here's what you need to know about the Pro Bowl, including TV information as well as what the rosters look like as of now.

             

2018 NFL Pro Bowl

When: Sunday, January 28

Time: 3 p.m. ET

Where: Camping World Stadium, Orlando

National TV: ABC and ESPN

Live Stream: WatchESPN

       

Current Pro Bowl Rosters

AFC, NFC Offensive Rosters
PositionAFCNFC
QBPhilip Rivers, LACDrew Brees, NO
QBBen Roethlisberger, PITRussell Wilson, SEA
QBTBDTBD
RBLe'Veon Bell, PITTodd Gurley, LAR
RBKareem Hunt, KCMark Ingram, NO
RBLeSean McCoy, BUFAlvin Kamara, NO
FBTBDKyle Juszczyk, SF
WRKeenan Allen, LACDavante Adams, GB
WRAntonio Brown, PITLarry Fitzgerald, AZ
WRT.Y. Hilton, INDAdam Thielen, MIN
WRJarvis Landry, MIAMichael Thomas, NO
TEDelanie Walker, TENJimmy Graham, SEA
TETBDTBD
OTTaylor Lewan, TENTyron Smith, DAL
OTDonald Penn, OAKAndrew Whitworth, LAR
OTAlejandro Villanueva, PITTBD
OGDavid DeCastro, PITBrandon Scherff, WAS
OGRichie Incognito, BUFTrai Turner, CAR
OGKelechi Osemele, OAK
CRodney Hudson, OAKTravis Frederick, DAL
CMaurkice Pouncey, PITAlex Mack, ATL
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AFC, NFC Defensive Rosters
PositionAFCNFC
DEJoey Bosa, LACEverson Griffen, MIN
DECalais Campbell, JAXCameron Jordan, NO
DECameron Heyward, PITDemarcus Lawrence, DAL
DTGeno Atkins, CINMike Daniels, GB
DTJurrell Casey, TENGerald McCoy, TB
DTMalik Jackson, JAXTBD
OLBJadeveon Clowney, HOUAnthony Barr, MIN
OLBVon Miller, DENChandler Jones, AZ
OLBTerrell Suggs, BALRyan Kerrigan, WAS
ILBC.J. Mosley, BALKwon Alexander, TB
ILBJoe Schobert, CLEDeion Jones, ATL
CBA.J. Bouye, JAXMarshon Lattimore, NO
CBCasey Heyward, LACXavier Rhodes, MIN
CBJalen Ramsey, JAXPatrick Peterson, AZ
CBAqib Talib, DENDarius Slay, DET
FSEric Weddle, BALEarl Thomas, SEA
SSMicah Hyde, BUFLandon Collins, NYG
SSReshad Jones, MIATBD
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AFC, NFC Special Teams Rosters
PositionAFCNFC
PBrett Kern, TENJohnny Hekker, LAR
KChris Boswell, PITGraham Gano, CAR
RSTyreek Hill, KCPharoh Cooper, LAR
STTBDBudda Baker, AZ
NFL.com

           

Latest Buzz

Many Roster Spots Still Open

Combined, the Patriots and Eagles had 10 players named to the Pro Bowl, but none of them will be in Orlando for the game since they'll be heading for Minneapolis and Super Bowl LII.

The AFC must replace starting quarterback Tom Brady, starting fullback James Develin and special teams expert Matthew Slater, as well as reserve tight end Rob Gronkowski. The NFC has to replace starters at tight end (Zach Ertz), offensive guard (Brandon Brooks) and defensive tackle (Fletcher Cox) as well as get another offensive tackle (Lane Johnson) and strong safety (Malcolm Jenkins).

Also yet to be replaced is Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in December but was still named the NFC's starting QB.

         

Skills Competition Could Steal the Spotlight

The main event of Pro Bowl week is the game itself, but three days earlier could end up being when the most exciting part of the festivities occurs. The second edition of the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown is set for Thursday, Jan. 25, at ESPN's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida, with ESPN broadcasting from 3 p.m. ET.

"We received tremendous feedback from our fans and players about last year's Skills Showdown, which became one of our most popular Pro Bowl Week events," NFL senior vice president of events Peter O'Reilly said in a news release. "With new competitions and special surprises this year, we are raising the bar even higher for both teams and are excited to see which conference ends up victorious."

Teams will be led by Pro Bowl Legends captains Jason Taylor and LaDainian Tomlinson for the AFC and Derrick Brooks and Warrick Dunn for the NFC.

A mix of quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, linemen, linebackers, defensive backs and kickers will be involved in events such as Epic Pro Bowl Dodgeball, Kick Tac Toe, Gridiron Gauntlet, Precision Passing, Drone Drop and Best Hands.

The NFL has yet to announce which players will compete in the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown.

        

Statistics are provided by ProFootballReference unless otherwise noted. Follow Brian J. Pedersen on Twitter at @realBJP.

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