None of the three Philadelphia Eagles players originally named to the 2019 Pro Bowl — Brandon Brooks, Fletcher Cox, and Zach Ertz — will be playing in the actual game this year.
Brooks obviously can’t play even if he wanted to. The Eagles’ starting right guard suffered an Achilles injury during Philadelphia’s playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Cox and Ertz, meanwhile, have withdrawn from the event. Cox also got injured during Sunday’s loss to the Saints and was seen wearing a walking boot during Monday’s Eagles locker room clean-out. Ertz probably wants some extra time off after seeing 171 targets in 2018 ... not to mention going deep into the playoffs with a Super Bowl win earlier last year.
Honestly, it’s good news that none of these players will be playing in a meaningless game where they could potentially get (further) injured. They’ve earned the right to get some rest.
The one Eagles player you can expect to see in the Pro Bowl is safety Malcolm Jenkins, who was named as a replacement for Landon Collins. Jenkins could really use some time off after playing 1,338 total defensive and special teams snaps combined in 2018 but I can’t blame him for going after that extra money players get for participating in the game. Players from the winning team get a $64,000 bonus while players from the losing team get $32,000.
The 2019 Pro Bowl will air on Sunday, January 27.