UPDATE: Lindsey Young of Vikings.com reports that Smith is replacing Earl Thomas in the Pro Bowl.
There are reports circulating that the Minnesota Vikings may get a third member of their team onto the Pro Bowl roster. . .and, in this case, it's one that we can all agree is long overdue.
Darren Wolfson of KSTP in Minneapolis is reporting that safety Harrison Smith will soon be named to the Pro Bowl squad.
Smith, in his fourth year with Minnesota, has established himself as one of the best safeties in the National Football League. He probably should have made it to the Pro Bowl last season, but was overlooked after having an outstanding season. This past season, he collected 68 tackles, even after missing three games. He also had two interceptions, including a pick-six against the New York Giants, and 1.5 sacks on the season.
At this point, Smith being named to the Pro Bowl team means that at least one of the safeties that was named to the team has backed out of the game. According to our friends at The Phinsider, Reshad Jones was also named to the Pro Bowl team, so it would appear that two safeties backed out of the game. The following are the safeties that were announced as Pro Bowlers when the rosters came out.
Mathieu obviously isn't going, as he suffered a knee injury near the end of the regular season. Both Chancellor and Thomas dealt with injury issues this year in Seattle, so it wouldn't be surprising to see one of them bowing out.
In any event, if the reports are true, congratulations to Harrison Smith on being named to the Pro Bowl for the first time.