Two Patriots replace injured Pro Bowlers

Wes Welker, as we know, is done playing for the year (and maybe a little longer) due to his torn ACL and MCL injuries suffered last week against Houston. Welker was the third receiver for the AFC in the Pro Bowl and his replacement is a familiar face: Randy Moss. Randy Moss will now make his 7th Pro Bowl appearance, and was one of two Patriots I thought may have been snubbed for the Pro Bowl.

Coincidentally, the other Patriot snub, Brandon Meriweather, will also now play in the Pro Bowl. Meriweather will replace injured safety Jairus Byrd  on the AFC squad. Meriweather ended the season tied for the team lead in interceptions (5) and returned one for a touchdown. Meriweather’s development into a big-play receiver has come at just the right time, with Rodney Harrison retiring before the start of the season.

What would be interesting would be if the Patriots play in the Super Bowl. That would mean that any Pats in the Pro Bowl would not play that game because it’s the week before the Super Bowl this year. Now the safety position would be on its 4th choice and receiver would be at its 5th. Just an interesting thought…

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