GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Optimism may be running high in Green Bay these days.
But through this season of wild highs and lows, the Packers will be sending zero players to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl. For the first time in eight years -- when they went 4-12 in Mike Sherman's final season as head coach -- the Packers have zero Pro Bowl players.
Rookie running back Eddie Lacy was elected a first alternate. Green Bay also had seven other alternates -- -- fullback John Kuhn, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, left guard Josh Sitton, outside linebacker Clay Matthews, wide receiver Jordy Nelson, and cornerbacks Sam Shields and Tramon Williams. But this 7-7-1 team vying for a division title Sunday at Soldier Field has no Pro Bowlers.
It's all in the eye of the beholder but Sitton and Nelson figured to have a reasonable shot at making it. Nelson has 1,153 yards and eight touchdowns despite the changing quarterbacks. Sitton has been the team's most consistent lineman.
For the first time, the league has "unconferenced" selections that will be "drafted" by Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders. The Pro Bowl game -- not quite what it used to be, to put it mildly -- is set Jan. 26.
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