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2014 Pro Bowl Roster Announced; Packers Have Eight Alternates

The Packers were shut out of the Pro Bowl this year, at least in the initial voting. Rest assured, there will likely be a player or two representing Green Bay in Hawaii if they're not playing in New York this February.

Jonathan Daniel

The NFL decided to announce its Pro Bowl rosters on a Friday night at 8 PM Eastern Time. Don't ask me why, I'm just the messenger.

In any case, the Packers have no players selected to the Pro Bowl in the initial round of voting this year. Instead, they have eight players listed as Pro Bowl alternates:

FB John Kuhn
RB Eddie Lacy
OLB Clay Matthews
WR Jordy Nelson
QB Aaron Rodgers
CB Sam Shields
G Josh Sitton
CB Tramon Williams

Remember, this year the Pro Bowl is not being played with NFC and AFC teams. Instead, the players are selected from the entire league. A draft will be televised on January 22nd to determine the two teams, much like the NHL's All-Star Game draft that has been taking place since 2011.

The most egregious Packers snub, in my opinion, is Josh Sitton. Since moving to left guard from the right side this off-season, Sitton has been one of the most impactful and consistent blockers in the NFL. According to Pro Football Focus, Sitton is tied for the second-highest grade among all offensive guards (+28.9), and leads the league in fewest pressures allowed in pass protection.

There is no possible way to convince this Packers fan that Sitton does not deserve a spot over at least one of the group of Jahri Evans, Ben Grubbs, Mike Iupati, Logan Mankins, Louis Vasquez, and Marshal Yanda.

When all is said and done, several players will pull out of the game due to injuries, and two teams' players will be eliminated from consideration since they will be playing in the Super Bowl the following week. If Green Bay doesn't find a way to make it to New York for the biggest game of the year, expect at least a couple of these alternates to be added to the Pro Bowl roster.