When the Pro Bowl rosters were announced several weeks ago, it appeared the Baltimore Ravens would be well represented at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu–assuming they didn’t make the Super Bowl.
Now, it doesn’t appear that way.
After outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (injury) and running back Ray Rice (personal reasons) withdrew from the Pro Bowl earlier this week, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and safety Ed Reed are the latest Ravens to pull out of the festivities, both citing injury reasons.
Ngata, who’s battled a thigh injury for much of the season, admitted following Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots that he was plagued by the injury down the stretch.
As for Reed, he’s been the walking wounded, dealing with neck, shoulder and ankle injuries throughout the course of the season.
That leaves the original roster of seven Pro Bowl participants down to three–Vonta Leach, Ray Lewis and Marshal Yanda.
Ben Grubbs, added to the AFC squad earlier this week because the Patriots’ Logan Mankins is playing in the Super Bowl, gives the Ravens four participants in all Sunday night.
Last year’s Pro Bowl contest drew criticism, when rules constricting the defenses produced a 55-41 victory in favor of the NFC in a game in which both defenses showed little effort at times.