The Pro Bowl rosters that are initially announced rarely resemble the units that will line up for the AFC and the NFC in the actual game. Players drop out for various reasons on a regulars basis.
The Dallas Cowboys initially had five players named to the NFC roster, but not all will play this weekend. Micah Parsons, Trevon Diggs, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith and Bryan Anger were the five initially announced.
Since that time, Tyron Smith has decided not to play. He had the ankle problems for the last part of the season and decided against playing.
CeeDee Lamb was added to the list of players as an alternate recently, and we also heard reports that Dak Prescott was going to be added, but instead he declined because of his long rehab for his ankle then the 2021 season. It definitely felt like he could use some downtime both mentally and physically.
The latest Cowboys player to skip the festivities is Zack Martin.
The latest to pull himself out of the Pro Bowl is guard Zack Martin. He has been replaced by 49ers guard Laken Tomlinson.
Martin joined Tyron Smith – two players voted in for the Pro Bowl – to pass on the event this year. Also on Monday, quarterback Dak Prescott had the chance to go as an alternate after Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers backed out of the game, but opted to sit out as well. They were eventually replaced by Kirk Cousins and Russell Wilson.
The players still expected to play this week in the Pro Bowl are Micah Parsons, Trevon Diggs, Bryan Anger and CeeDee Lamb, who was added on Monday.