Following the Conference Championship Games on Sunday, a large number of players have backed out of their participation in this year’s Pro Bowl due to injuries. As a result, the 13-3 Packers are up to five Pro Bowlers with three new names being added as alternates.
Wide receiver Davante Adams has been named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl, replacing Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons. Adams finished with 997 receiving yards for the second time in his career, but did so in just 12 games after missing four contests in the first half of the season with turf toe. He added two huge games in the playoffs, averaging 149 yards per game in the postseason.
Joining him is edge rusher Za’Darius Smith, a first-time Pro Bowler who replaces the Chicago Bears’ Khalil Mack. The league-leader in quarterback pressures this year, according to Pro Football Focus, Smith led the Packers in sacks with 13.5, finishing sixth in the NFL. He recorded a pair of sacks in the postseason, both in the Divisional Playoff win over the Seattle Seahawks.
Finally, Kenny Clark will be a Pro Bowler for the first time in his NFL career, taking the place of Aaron Donald from the Los Angeles Rams. Clark matched a career-high with six sacks this season, picking up 4.5 of them in a three-game span in December. He also landed a sack in the Divisional Playoff game, and finished second to Donald among all interior defensive linemen in quarterback pressures.
However, the Packers’ other two Pro Bowlers, David Bakhtiari and Aaron Rodgers, will not participate in this week’s game despite landing on the team after the initial vote. Both players are sitting out the contest with injuries and will be replaced by Lane Johnson and Kirk Cousins, respectively.