Several Players Opt Out Of Pro Bowl

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady
Two New England Patriots headline the several NFL players who on Monday, due to injury or other reasons; Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Randy Moss have pulled out of the 2008 Pro Bowl, set to take place in Honolulu on February 10. Brady, who threw 50 touchdown passes this season, has been bothered by a tender ankle and was photographed wearing a protective boot 2 weeks prior to the Super Bowl. He will be replaced by Cleveland Browns QB Derek Anderson. Moss, who caught a NFL-record 23 touchdown passes, will be replaced by the ever-whining Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Johnson.

Johnson will make the trip with fellow WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who was picked for his first ever Pro Bowl. It will mark the first time that a pair of Bengals receivers went to the Pro Bowl together. In addition, San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates and defensive tackle Jamal Williams will skip the Pro Bowl, as well. Cleveland TE Kellen Winslow will replace Gates, bringing the number of Browns going to the game to 6; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Casey Hampton will take Williams’ spot on the roster.

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