ESPN.com has reported that Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson will skip the Pro Bowl this year, as he was selected for the seventh time in his career.
Tania Ganguli wrote the following on Friday:
“The reason for Johnson passing isn’t quite clear, but he’s been to several. He missed the Pro Bowl following the 2010 season, but went last year along with eight of his teammates.”
The Texans will still have two representatives at the Pro Bowl in defensive end J.J. Watt and offensive tackle Duane Brown, who was placed on the team after Jason Peters of the Philadelphia Eagles couldn’t play.
Replacing Johnson will be Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
Johnson this past season had 109 receptions for 1,407 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 12.9 yards per reception. The veteran wide receiver has 927 receptions for his career for 12,661 yards and 61 TDs.
I would have liked to see Johnson play in the game, and I think it would have been fun to see if he ended up on the same team as Watt or Brown, but it won’t be happening this year.
What might be fun is if Watt and Brown end up on opposite teams, and we get to see them go at each other. That would be interesting to say the least.
The Pro Bowl in Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. EDT on NBC.