A third Philadelphia Eagles player has opted out of the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl: left tackle Jason Peters. He has been replaced by Texans OT Duane Brown. The veteran offensive lineman joins running back LeSean McCoy (non-threatening injury) and Jeremy Maclin (personal reasons) as players who were selected but have opted not to play in the game.
This shouldn't come as a surprise. Peters opted out of last year's game as well. The soon-to-be 33-year-old veteran is playing it safe.
But even with Peters, McCoy, and Maclin out, the Eagles still have six players headed to Arizona for Sunday's game: running back/punt returner Darren Sproles, center Jason Kelce, outside linebacker Connor Barwin, offensive guard Evan Mathis, rookie kicker Cody Parkey, and long snapper Jon Dorenbos.
Some of these Eagles players will be selected to their teams through the Pro Bowl draft process which originated last year. Michael Irvin's team (Team Irvin) is captained by Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray and Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden. Cris Carter's team (Team Carter) will be led by Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. The Pro Bowl draft will take place on Wednesday night on NFL Network starting at 8 PM EST. (More info on the rules here.)
A few Eagles players have already been assigned to their teams, per NFL.com.
TEAM IRVIN: PR Darren Sproles, LS Jon Dorenbos
TEAM CARTER: OG Evan Mathis, C Jason Kelce, K Cody Parkey
The Pro Bowl game will take place on Jan. 25 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona.