Maybe playing in the Pro Bowl isn't a big deal for Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie and Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers.
How else can we explain the two skipping out on practice Friday? McKinnie also did not show up to take the NFC team photo.
The two were were the only players to skip out on practice, which usually lasts an hour and is more goofing off than practice. McKinnie also wasn't present for a practice earlier this week, but he did show up Thursday.
An e-mail sent to McKinnie's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, for a reason why McKinnie didn't show up for his responsibilities did not get a response. There was also no word on why Peppers missed the practice, but the league has deemed the absences as unexcused and the two players will be subjected to fines.
For now, without an explaination, you have to wonder if they just didn't skip out on their duties.
If they did, it says a lot of about them as players. Then again, they both have reputations for playing when they want to play.