Derek Carr replaces Aaron Rodgers in Pro Bowl; should Packers fans panic?

Raiders fans should be really excited because their second-year quarterback Derek Carr made his first Pro Bowl on Wednesday when he was named an alternate for the end-of-season game in Hawaii.

But Packers fans could have reason to be concerned because of who he replaced: Aaron Rodgers is no longer on the Pro Bowl roster.

Per the Raiders' release, Rodgers is "unable to participate due to injury."


Or not. This isn't the first time Rodgers has bailed on the Pro Bowl because of -- wink, wink, nudge, nudge -- "injury." Last year Rodgers ditched the game, allowing Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton to earn a bid as an alternate. People were not happy about this.

But it was a fair point. Dalton threw for 3,398 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 picks. Ew.

Carr's season is much more impressive, with the second-year quarterback throwing for 3,987 yards and 32 touchdowns. At times, Carr looked very much like a future star at the position while working with Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, and even had the Raiders flirting with playoff contention.

"First, I want to thank God for the opportunity to be able to go to Hawaii," Carr said. "Secondly, I want to thank my family, my friends, my teammates, my coaches and all of Raider Nation for their support. Third, I want to thank everyone who voted for me and all of the opposing players and coaches that voted for me. That means more to me than they know. Go Raiders!"

The Pro Bowl remains one of the sillier exercises because it lets a lot of people in every year via alternates. But Carr is a fairly worthy replacement for Rodgers, who everyone hopes is not injured in any way.

Derek Carr is headed to the Pro Bowl. (USATSI)
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