Colts’ Andrew Luck will replace Chargers’ Philip Rivers in NFL Pro Bowl
Rivers officially announced that he will not participate in the Pro Bowl due to injury. According to Grant Gordon of NFL.com, he will be replaced by Luck:
Andrew Luck’s sensational comeback season will extend to another game, as the NFL announced Tuesday that the Colts quarterback would replace the Chargers’ Philip Rivers in the Pro Bowl.
Rivers’ designation should come as no surprise. It is hardly unusual for veteran players to sit out of the Pro Bowl as they shift gears toward the offseason. It seems that was the case for him following a disappointing loss in the AFC Divisional Round.
Fortunately, Rivers’ absence will help right some wrongs for the Pro Bowl voting. Luck was more than deserving of earning his fourth appearance. He threw for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns while completing 67.3 percent of his passes this season. His performance helped propel the Colts back into the playoffs where they were able to advance to the Divisional Round.
Perhaps even more impressive is that not much was expected from Indianapolis this season. there was plenty of speculation regarding Luck’s health after missing the entire 2017 campaign with a shoulder injury. It certainly did not help that the team was coming off a 2-14 season. They have now been pegged as the NFL’s next budding dynasty thanks to their talent roster and the bevy of assets they have moving forward.