On Tuesday, the Bengals said that Aaron Rodgers’ injury let Andy Dalton, QB for the Bengals, be named as an alternate player for the teams featuring in the Pro Bowl this year. Bookmaker software services know that this will be the second time in Dalton’s career that he was named for a team in the Pro Bowl.
In Arizona, the player will be one out of four Cincinnati players joining the ranks of punter Kevin Huber, DT Geno Atkins, and WR A.J. Green. Last month, Huber and Green were both voted for the Pro Bowl this year. On Friday, Atkins made it as an alternate player, filling in the spot for the Lions’ Ndamukong Suh, who was injured and had pull out.
In the last few weeks, Rodgers was set back due to an injury to the calf, and the player is leaving his team’s 28-22 loss in overtime in the championship game of the NFC on Sunday.
Last month, in the voting for the Pro Bowl, Dalton was able to make the team after he was voted as a seventh alternate. Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco decided to turn down the first invitation that he got to the Pro Bowl because on Tuesday his wife is set to deliver a baby.
This year, the Pro Bowl teams are again “unconferenced,” and will be decided from the players who made it to the meeting. On Wednesday, the list of players breaks up at 8 pm into two teams, when Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin – the team captains – make their choices in an NFL Network show.
In each one of their four seasons, Dalton was able to lead Cincinnati to the playoffs, but couldn’t win in a game in the payoffs. In 2014, the player was able to throw for 3,398 yards while he also recorded 19 TD’s and 17 picks. Last season, the player also recorded a career-best completion of 64.1%.
The famous Tom Brady won’t be able to play in this meeting because the Patriots made it to the Super Bowl, and Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, and Peyton Manning suffered injuries and had no choice but to pull out. The two other main alternate players are also unable to hit the field because Russell Wilson will feature in the Super Bowl and Philip Rivers suffered an injury.
Because of this, Dalton as well as three other alternates – Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, and Matthew Stafford – are set to play in the game, and bookmaker software services can’t wait to see how they’ll perform.