Three Buffalo Bills players are headed to Hawaii in place of some Baltimore Ravens players this season.
Because the Pro Bowl is the week before the Super Bowl, players in the championship game stay with their teams and replacements are sent in their place. This season, three players from the Bills are given the opportunity to play in the all-star game as a result.
Safety Jairus Byrd, who is considered to be one of the best safeties in the league, will take the spot for Ed Reed of the Ravens.
"I'm just really excited and I thank God for the opportunity," said FS Jairus Byrd. "It'll be really special to join my teammates C.J. (Spiller) and Kyle (Williams) in Hawaii. I'm looking forward to playing in the game and the entire experience because I didn't get a chance to do so in my rookie year. It'll be fun to experience the Pro Bowl for the first time."
Running back C.J. Spiller, who is among the league leaders in yards per carry, will take Ray Rice's spot.
Defensive tackle Kyle Williams will be playing in place of Haloti Ngata.
“It’s always an honor to represent your team and the city of Buffalo in the Pro Bowl,” said Williams. “To be recognized by the fans, your peers and the coaches you play against means a lot. Our goal next year, as it is every season, is to still be competing at this time. It would be great for us, the fans and the city of Buffalo if we’d be able to watch the Pro Bowl next year as we’re continuing our journey for a Super Bowl.”
The Pro Bowl kicks off from Hawaii on Sunday.
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