A source close to Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali confirmed that Hali will not be playing in the Pro Bowl on Sunday in Hawaii. He was added late Sunday to replace Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison, who can’t play because the Steelers are going to the Super Bowl. A source close to Hali said he is not playing because of personal reasons, not because he is injured.
San Diego linebacker Shaun Phillips was added to the roster on Monday and is technically replacing Harrison only because Hali declined to play.
The Kansas City Star reported that Hail told the paper in December that he was playing with injuries in both of his shoulders and one of his feet. Whatever the reason, Hali will not be playing in the Pro Bowl after getting his first all-star bid. He led the AFC with 14.5 sacks this season. Phillips is playing in his first Pro Bowl and had 11 sacks in 2010.
Earlier Tuesday, we posted an updated AFC West Pro Bowl roster before the switch was known.