GREEN BAY, Wis. – The headline may be a little misleading. The Green Bay Packers had no one selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time since 2005.
As difficult as this season has been, it’s nowhere near the dismal 4-12 year of 2005.
The Packers, at 7-7-1, will win the NFC North if they beat the Chicago Bears in the regular-season finale on Sunday at Soldier Field.
But perhaps the Pro Bowl voters -- a combination of the fans, coaches and players -- put the Packers out of their minds when quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone Nov. 4.
The closest thing the Packers had to a Pro Bowler when the selections were announced Friday was rookie running back Eddie Lacy, who was named a first alternate. Lacy might be the favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. He has 1,112 yards rushing, which is good for seventh in the NFL despite him missing nearly two full games because of injuries.
Seven other Packers also were named alternates. They were: Rodgers, fullback John Kuhn, guard Josh Sitton, linebacker Clay Matthews, receiver Jordy Nelson and cornerbacks Sam Shields and Tramon Williams.
Sitton might be the biggest snub. He made the Pro Bowl last year at right guard and has played perhaps even better this year after making the switch to left guard.
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