An absent Redskin switched teams due to a last-minute trade in Honolulu that ensured all three of Washington’s representatives would play for Deion Sanders in the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl.
Jerry Rice traded Brian Orakpo, who had not yet arrived in Hawaii, to Sanders for NFL sack leader Robert Mathis in the final move of the Pro Bowl draft. Per the rules of the new draft format, Rice was allowed to force a trade for any non-quarterback because his team picked second.
Mathis was the first pass-rusher selected in the Pro Bowl draft. He’ll have to square off against quarterback Andrew Luck.
Because of the move, Trent Williams will not have to battle Orakpo, and the linebacker won’t have to tackle Alfred Morris. Williams and Morris will play alongside Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, and Dallas defensive lineman Jason Hatcher will team up with Orakpo.
See the full rosters here. The Pro Bowl will be broadcast live on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 26. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET.
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