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The Minnesota Vikings now have more players on the NFC Pro Bowl squad than any other team in the conference.
Just a couple of hours ago, it was announced that rookie tackle Matt Kalil was being named to the squad to replace Washington Redskins' tackle Trent Williams. Kalil, after a rookie season that saw him provide outstanding pass blocking as well as help to anchor a line that allowed Adrian Peterson to rush for 2,097 yards, is Minnesota's seventh selection to the NFL's all-star game.
I can't imagine that Kalil would play a whole lot, if at all. . .heck, I'm not even sure if he was in Hawai'i, prior to now.
Strangely enough, I'm not 100% sure why Williams is being removed from the roster. The official release that the Vikings sent out reads like this:
Minnesota Vikings T Matt Kalil has been named to his 1st Pro Bowl replacing Washington Redskins T Trent Williams who will not be able to appear due to injury. The rookie out of Southern California started in all 16 games this season including the Wild Card Playoff in Green Bay.
However, our friends at the mothership at SB Nation are reporting this story:
The Pro Bowl will have a last second shake-up as Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams reportedly will not play in the NFL all-star game after an altercation on Thursday night resulted in the lineman needing stitches, according to Grant Paulsen of 106.7 THE FAN in Washington D.C.
So. . .I guess it could be because of an injury, but the injury isn't anything that came from being on the football field, from the looks of it. I suppose the Vikings' PR staff would have to be a bit more politically correct about things, too.
However he got there, congratulations to Matt Kalil for being recognized with a Pro Bowl selection. . .however late in the game it wound up coming.