January 25, 2010

SS Roman Harper named, replaced on NFC Pro Bowl roster

Saints strong safety Roman Harper is just the latest Saint to be named to the Pro Bowl.

And thanks to last night's win, he won't play a single snap in this weekend's All Star game.

Harper was named as an injury replacement for Cardinals S Adrian Wilson, who declined to participate. Since Harper is playing in Super Bowl XLIV with the rest of the Saints, he was immediately replaced by Eagles safety Quintin Mikell.

That means both Saint safeties were honored with Pro Bowl spots this season, Harper and free safety Darren Sharper.

Also joining them were QB Drew Brees, RG Jahri Evans, C Jonathan Goodwin, RT Jonathan Stinchcomb and MLB Jonathan Vilma. Seven Saints in all made it, though with both the Colts and Saints players unavailable for the game and numerous withdrawals, teams around the NFL are racking up numbers of Pro Bowlers.

For example, QB Donovan McNabb was named to the Pro Bowl with Brees proudly ineligible to play. In the AFC, Jaguars' David Garrard is the sixth quarterback to be named after two injury replacements and Peyton Manning's ineligibility, even though Garrard led the league in fumbles and was 17th in quarterback rating at 83.5.

Perhaps the idea of hosting the Pro Bowl in Miami the week before the Super Bowl wasn't such a great idea after all, if the goal of the Pro Bowl is in fact to have All-Stars to play.

And yet, with all the players headed to Miami on the 31st, DE Will Smith, WR Marques Colston and CB Jabari Greer aren't among them.

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