Pro Bowl week gets underway

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Hello to South Florida. The crew has landed.

I know what you’re thinking already — it’s a tough assignment. That’s probably not debatable. While the next generation of potential NFL superstars are working out at the Senior Bowl, the best of the best are rewarded with a week in South Florida. But we’re just doing the job our editors tell us, which is bringing you the Pro Bowl experience through the eyes and ears of the 86 players who make up the rosters. So, we are looking forward to sharing the latest of what goes down from both Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

Part of that experience will include video diaries from the players themselves. We’re equipping many of the players with their own video cameras, so they can share their Pro Bowl week with you. The list already includes Browns specialist Joshua Cribbs, Titans RB Chris Johnson and Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew — and there will be many more. So look forward to those.

The players have been trickling in to the team hotel throughout the day, and the roster includes some late additions — 14 players were added to the AFC and NFC rosters yesterday as replacements for the Saints and Colts players who are in the Super Bowl. Bears rookie WR Johnny Knox was also added to the NFC roster, as were two Cowboys — QB Tony Romo and CB Michael Jenkins. The latest switch is that Falcons WR Roddy White has replaced Vikings WR Sidney Rice.

The teams begin split practices tomorrow, which will last through Saturday. And by practice, think along the lines of helmets with no pads. After all, it is Pro Bowl week.

— Frank Tadych

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