Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy contracted an intestinal virus that left him hospitalized for a day and prevented him from coaching in Sunday night's Pro Bowl, a source said.
Doctors told McCarthy the virus was contagious, and the Packers coach decided not to fly to Hawaii for the event. The Packers announced his withdrawal Wednesday.
McCarthy and his staff were selected to coach one of the teams in the game after the Packers lost to the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC divisional playoff round. Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs staff will coach the other squad.
It would have been McCarthy's fourth time coaching the Pro Bowl in his 10 seasons as the Packers' head coach.
McCarthy has been busy since his team's season-ending loss. He fired two members of his coaching staff, running backs coach Sam Gash and tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot. Although McCarthy has not announced the replacements, Fox Sports reported that he will replace Gash with former St. Louis Rams running backs coach Ben Sirmans and Fontenot with former Cleveland Browns tight ends coach Brian Angelichio.
The Pro Bowl will be televised Sunday on ESPN.
Information from ESPN's Rob Demovsky was used in this report.