Bears' All-Pro edge rusher Khalil Mack will skip the Pro Bowl later this month due to an undisclosed injury, the New York Giants revealed in a press release Thursday. New York's Olivier Vernon will replace him for the game in Orlando Jan. 27.
Mack missed two games in October after suffering an ankle injury during the Bears' Week 6 loss to the Miami Dolphins. He didn't appear on the injury report after returning to practice leading up to the Bears' Week 10 matchup with the Detroit Lions, but like plenty of other players very well could've been playing through some nagging pain for the remainder of the season. It's common for players to drop out of the Pro Bowl due to a nagging injury.
Mack was named to his fourth Pro Bowl in December, along with first-timers Akiem Hicks, Kyle Fuller, Eddie Jackson and Tarik Cohen. Jackson, who missed the Bears' last two games of the regular season and the team's playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, said Sunday he hadn't thought about whether or not he'll try to participate in the Pro Bowl.
"To be honest I’m not even thinking about that right now, I haven’t even thought about it," Jackson said. "Right now it’s just to get back, get my ankle healthy and that decision will come later on."Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of the Bears and stream the ‘Football Aftershow’ easily on your device.