Troy Polamalu Will Not Play In Pro Bowl, Replaced By Broncos S Brian Dawkins
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu will not play in the 2012 Pro Bowl in Hawaii due to an injury according to the Denver Broncos website. Polamalu will be replaced on the AFC roster by Broncos safety Brian Dawkins as a result according to the site. Polamalu had 91 tackles during the regular season and recorded 2 interceptions, 1 sack and recovered 1 fumble that he returned for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts back in week 3.
Polamalu was selected to his seventh Pro Bowl this year, his sixth as a starter and also earned Associated Press first team All-Pro honors as well. Earlier this week he was named to the Pro Football Writers All-NFL team. The injury that is forcing Polamalu to sit out the game is unspecified, but he did sit out some practices towards the end of the season because of a calf injury.
Center Maurkice Pouncey also will sit out the Pro Bowl as well after undergoing surgery on his left ankle last week. Pouncey was replaced on the AFC roster by Houston Texans center Chris Myers. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, wide receiver Mike Wallace and wide receiver Antonio Brown are all expected to still play in the Pro Bowl at this time.