Joe Reedy is reporting that Andrew Whitworth and Jermaine Gresham will be first alternates, and that Leon Hall and Andy Dalton will be third alternates. Gresham will essentially be a starter since TE Heath Miller has a knee injury and will miss the event.
The Bengals have announced that Geno Atkins and A.J. Green have been named to the Pro bowl.
Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes broke the news of Geno Atkins being voted outright into his first Pro Bowl, as well as being named a starter. Last year, Atkins made the Pro Bowl as a reserve.
CONGRATS TO @genosacks BEING VOTED AS A STARTER TO THE PRO BOWL! HAPPY FOR YOU THE GREAT BAM GENO!
— Jay Hayes (@JayVHayes93) December 26, 2012
The rosters for the 2013 Pro Bowl will be announced tonight, and several Bengals are expected to make NFL’s version of an All-Star game. The NFL is the only one of the four major American professional sports leagues to determine its All-Star teams by combining fans’, players’ and coaches’ votes. The Pro Bowl will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Jan. 27, 2013. It may be the last Pro Bowl played as the league is debating whether to scrap it all-together, or perhaps turn it into a series of All-Star skills challenges with no actual football game being played (though most would say it’s a glorified flag-football game now).
The fan voting for the Pro Bowl ended last week, and nine AFC North players led their positions, but none of them were Bengals. Still, Geno Atkins and A.J. Green have had tremendous seasons and are expected to make it, while Kevin Zeitler, Andre Smith, Leon Hall, Jermain Gresham, Andy Dalton and Michael Johnson should receive heavy consideration, but will likely fall just short. They could be added as reserves later on.
Which Bengals do you believe should be in the Pro Bowl? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.