If you're not pumped up for the Illini vs. the Tar Heels, well, maybe you'll never get the hang of…
Patriots Bow Out Of Pro Bowl
Tom Brady, Wes Welker, Logan Mankins, Rob Gronkowski and Vince Wilfork have all opted out of participating in the Pro Bowl this weekend. The big name Patriots will not be appearing in the 2013 game due to a various assortment of maladies.
Brady's Replacement: Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck has been named as the replacement quarterback for Patriots QB Tom Brady who will miss this year's Pro Bowl with an undisclosed injury. It would have been Brady's 8th Pro Bowl.
Luck led the Colts to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth his rookie season. The former Stanford Cardinal set NFL rookie records for the most passing yards (4,374), most attempts (627) and most 300-yard passing games (six).
As the No. 1 pick overall, Luck's 11 wins were the most by any No. 1 Draft pick in the modern era.
Welker's Replacement: Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas earns his Pro Bowl nod courtesy of Wes Welker who also withdrew due to injury concerns. Thomas finished fourth in the league with career highs of 94 receptions for 1,434 yards (15.3 avg.) and 10 touchdowns.
Welker's season concluded with his fifth 100-catch, 1,000 yard receiving season, an NFL record. He caught 118 passes for 1,354 yards and six touchdowns. Welker has been named to the Pro Bowl 5 times.
Mankins' Replacement: Denver Broncos OG Zane Beadles fills in for Mankins who battled through injury al season. Beadles was a second round pick of Denver's in 2010, appeared in every game for Denver in 2012, allowing just one sack. Mankins appeared in just 10 games for New England, missing time with calf and hip injuries during the season. This would have been Mankins' 5th Pro Bowl.
Wilfork's Replacement: Miami Dolphins DT Randy Starks was named as the replacement for Wilfork. In 16 games for Miami Starks recorded 27 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, four passes defended and an interception. It is his second Pro Bowl appearance (2010).
Wilfork also appeared in all 16 games this season, recording 48 total tackles, three sacks two forced fumbles and six passes defended. This was Wilfork's 5th time being selected for the Pro Bowl.
Gronkowski's Replacement: Houstson Texans TE Owen Daniels replaces the injured Rob Gronkowski in the Pro Bowl. Gronkowski re-injured his arm in the Patriots 41-28 blowout of the Texans in the AFC Division playoffs.
Daniels appeared in 15 games for the Texans, recording 62 receptions for 716 yards and six touchdowns.
Pro Bowl Rosters
PatriotsInsider.com Recommended Stories
Thursday night throwing fest on deck?
The Thursday night showdown between the Broncos and Chargers at Mile High Stadium (sponsorship withstanding) could see passing yardage a half mile long. Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers are at the top…Read More
Week 8: Fantasy Football Sit 'em
Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Rob Warner recommends a handful of players who should ride the pine. It may be because of a bad matchup, lost playing time, a nagging injury or an overwhelming…Read More
6 Sports Records Made to Be Broken
Move over Manning—here's a list of the best individual sports records that are ripe for breaking.Read More
TBT: Pumpkin Carving With A Handgun
While many hunters are focused on pursuing big game in late October, it’s also time to make sure you’re ready for Halloween, and specifically trick-or-treaters. In this throwback Thursday video,…Read More
NFL WEEK 7: Cheerleaders Who Need a Hug
It's easy to smile when your team wins. Here's to those women who didn't have it so easy.Read More