As of right now, the NFC East champion Redskins will not be represented at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii a week from Sunday.
Washington left tackle Trent Williams has withdrawn from the NFL’s all-star game due to a variety of injuries he sustained during the course of the season. The most recent injury was a knee contusion he suffered in Week 11 against the Panthers. Williams sat out the season finale against the Cowboys to try to rest for the playoffs.
Dolphins tackle Brandon Albert will take Williams’ place.
Williams has been selected to four straight Pro Bowls but he only played in the game in 2014. In 2013 he was injured in a Honolulu bar fight that he was not involved in and last year he made the trip only to aggravate an ankle injury and watch the game.
Williams was the 9-7 Redskins’ lone representative to the Pro Bowl, which will be played in Honolulu on January 31. Tight end Jordan Reed and outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan are alternates. Both might have to await the results of Sunday’s conference championship games to see if one or both will go to Hawaii. Players from Super Bowl participants do not go to the game as they have more important assignments to tend to. So Reed could get a shot if Rob Gronkowski’s Patriots and/or Greg Olsen’s Panthers make the Super Bowl. Three of the four teams playing Sunday have outside linebackers on the Pro Bowl roster so Kerrigan could go in place of Thomas Davis (Panthers), Jamie Collins (Patriots), or Von Miller or DeMarcus Ware (both of the Broncos).