Thursday, January 27, 2011
Bailey in, Asomugha out of Pro Bowl
By Bill Williamson
A star AFC West cornerback and free agent to be will play in the Pro Bowl on Sunday in Hawaii.
It’s just not the star cornerback we expected it to be.
The Denver Broncos sent out a press release saying that cornerback Champ Bailey will play in the Pro Bowl. The release said it was notified by the NFL that Bailey, who was the first alternate, would replace Oakland cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. The release said Asomugha was replaced for medical reasons. A source close to Asomugha said it is not believed to be a serious injury situation.
I contacted the Raiders and they gave no information about Asomugha’s injury status, but that is team policy. Asomugha dealt with an ankle injury for much of the second half of the season, but finished the season and did make the trip to Hawaii. I will pass along any information when it’s available.
Both Asomugha and Bailey are free agents. Both should be among the most attractive players on the open market. Asomugha, 29, may be more attractive than Bailey, 32, because of age, but both are playing at a high level. This is Bailey’s 10th Pro Bowl selection in 12 seasons. He joins teammate Brandon Lloyd in Hawaii. Oakland’s Shane Lechler and Zach Miller will play Sunday. Oakland defensive lineman Richard Seymour was voted onto the team but is out with an injury.