Calvin Johnson has decided to pull out of the Pro Bowl. The NFL announced Wednesday that the Detroit Lions All-Pro receiver would not be playing in the Pro Bowl on January 29th in Honolulu. Johnson was the only Lions player that was named to the NFC's roster this season:
"It’s a season," Johnson said Monday. "Sixteen games of guys just colliding. It’s not easy for nobody. Everybody needs time to rest up."
Johnson did not practice most of the last two weeks, because of an Achilles tendon injury. He sat out the final few plays of the Lions’ playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints on Saturday after the injury flared up. The same injury will keep him out of the game.
Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White will take Johnson's place on the Pro Bowl roster. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford could have an outside chance of replacing either Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers if either makes the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl team's representatives will not be able to play in the game in Hawaii.