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Aaron Rodgers to miss Pro Bowl with multiple injuries

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he will not play in this year's Pro Bowl because of multiple injuries, according to ESPN Milwaukee's Jason Wilde.

Rodgers certainly deserved the honor, completing 67.2 percent of his passes for 4,295 yards, 39 touchdowns and eight interceptions while leading his team to the NFC North title and the divisional playoffs.

Interestingly, Rodgers was not listed on the injury report last week or the injury report from the wild-card weekend game against the Vikings. Rodgers said he had problems with his knee and ankle, though he's not likely to undergo offseason surgery.

You'll recall that Rodgers bashed some players' efforts in last year's postseason exhibition and said he was embarrassed by them.

“I feel like there should be some pride involved in a game like that, and I was just surprised by some of the efforts of some of the guys. This was my second Pro Bowl. [I] played in the one in 2010. It was down in Fort Lauderdale/Miami. I felt that that one had a lot more energy.

“The AFC side obviously had more energy. I think they were upset about the second onside kick [called by Packers coach Mike McCarthy], and at that point they played a lot harder than we did. But even in the early going they were playing definitely harder than we were.”

In other Pro Bowl injury news, the Buccaneers announced receiver Vincent Jackson would replace Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, and the Bengals announced tackle Andrew Whitworth would replace Denver's Ryan Clady.

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