One of the NFL's biggest stars will be missing the league's annual star showcase, as the Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson will miss the Jan. 29 Pro Bowl with an Achilles tendon injury.
Johnson missed practice for most of the season's last two weeks with the injury, then sat out the final plays of the Lions' playoff loss to the Saints when it flared up. He's now opting to shut it down for the offseason rather than play in Honolulu later this month.
"It’s a season," Johnson told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press on Monday. "Sixteen games of guys just colliding. It’s not easy for nobody. Everybody needs time to rest up."
Johnson set career highs with 96 catches, 1,681 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns this season. Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White will take Johnson's place in Honolulu. That leaves zero Lions remaining on the NFC roster; quarterback Matthew Stafford, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and safety Louis Delmas are all listed as alternates.