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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Could Tony Romo be added to Pro Bowl?

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas – Might a trip to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl be in Tony Romo’s immediate future?

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers announced on 540 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com that he will not play in the Jan. 27 Pro Bowl because of an ankle injury. Washington’s Robert Griffin III is out following knee surgery and will be replaced by New Orleans’ Drew Brees.

If Matt Ryan wins the NFC Championship Game against San Francisco on Sunday, then he would need to be replaced.

Romo would have to be in the discussion with Seattle’s Russell Wilson and Eli Manning of the New York Giants. The Cowboys do not confirm whether a player earned Pro Bowl alternate status or not.

Romo had more passing yards (4,903) and touchdown passes (28) than Wilson (3,118, 26) and Manning (3,948, 26), but he also had 19 interceptions, which tied Brees for the most in the NFL. Wilson led the Seahawks to the divisional round of the playoffs, and Manning's Giants finished 9-7, one game better than the Cowboys.

But there’s also a question about his health. He cracked a rib in the regular-season finale against Washington that left him in great pain after the game, but three-plus weeks of rest should help.

Romo was an addition to the 2009 Pro Bowl and earned trips in 2006 and ’07.

A fourth trip to the Pro Bowl, no matter how he got it, would help to a small degree in negotiations on an extension.