In the playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons suffered a shoulder injury in the second half. The injury turned out to be a sprain that will keep him out of the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl this weekend.
With Ryan unable to play in the Pro Bowl due to the shoulder sprain, rookie Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks will replace the veteran on the NFC roster according to Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times:
Turns out there will be one more game in Russell Wilson’s remarkable rookie season.
The Seahawks quarterback — who tied the NFL’s rookie record with 26 touchdown passes — will be joining five of his teammates at the Pro Bowl, filling the spot held by Atlanta’s Matt Ryan. Ryan suffered a shoulder injury during Sunday’s NFC Championship Game.
Although the Rookie of the Year award will more than likely go to Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins, Wilson’s first season in the NFL was amazing to say the least. The rookie was able to defy all the odds throughout the season and earned the starting job over Matt Flynn that had signed a three-year deal worth $19.5 million in the off-season.
The Seahawks are open to trading Flynn during this off-season due to Flynn’s unbelievable rookie season.
Wilson put up some impressive numbers in the loss to the Falcons in the division round of the playoffs with 385 passing yards, two passing touchdowns and one interception. Wilson also rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
Unfortunately for the Seahawks, Atlanta was able to hold off Wilson and company at the Georgia Dome, but the rookie help lead the team to a thrilling comeback in the second half. There’s no question the up-and-comer has a bright future ahead and earning his first Pro Bowl selection will likely be the first of many to come.