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Quarterback Tom Brady is the latest Patriot to withdraw from the Pro Bowl due to injury, as he joined wide receiver Wes Welker, guard Logan Mankins and nose tackle Vince Wilfork among those who will not play in this Sunday's game.
The nature of Brady's injury is unclear, and he was not listed on the injury report prior to the AFC Championship Game.
In his place, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will make his first Pro Bowl appearance.
Welker and Mankins both struggled with injury issues throughout the season, but neither was listed on the team's final injury report leading into the AFC Championship Game. Welker was limited by a knee injury for several weeks, while Mankins dealt with both a calf and hip injury, which cost him a total of six games missed. Wilfork’s injury was not specified and he also was not listed on last week’s injury report.
Mankins was voted as a starter in the game, and earned his fifth Pro Bowl selection, while Welker also was named to his fifth Pro Bowl. Mankins has long been considered among the top interior offensive lineman in the NFL, while Welker became the first player in NFL history with 110 receptions in five separate seasons in 2012. Wilfork, a five-time Pro Bowl pick, was the Patriots' only member of the NFL's All-Pro first team.