Injured players Antonio Gates and Ed Reed, both voted as starters for the AFC, will not play in this year’s Pro Bowl.
Gates, who was put on injured reserve by the Chargers in December because of a foot injury, needed to be medically cleared by Tuesday to play in the game set for Jan. 30 in Honolulu.
Raiders tight end Zach Miller will take Gates’ place. Miller had 60 catches for 685 yards and five touchdowns in 15 games last season. This will be his first Pro Bowl appearance.
As for Ravens safety Reed’s replacement, the Titans’ Michael Griffin has been promoted to the AFC roster. Griffin was Tennessee’s 2007 first-round draft pick out of Texas and led the team this season with four interceptions. This will be his second Pro Bowl appearance. He also represented the AFC in 2008 after coming up with seven interceptions.