PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is snubbed no more.
Foles, a first alternate, will be added to the Pro Bowl roster because at least one of the quarterbacks ahead of him – Tom Brady, Philip Rivers or Peyton Manning – will be in the Super Bowl the following week. During the NFL Network broadcast revealing Pro Bowl selections, viewers cited Foles as the biggest snub in real-time polling.
There’s nothing unusual about being selected as an alternate and then playing in the Pro Bowl. Former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is listed as a six-time Pro Bowler. Four times he was an alternate who replaced a quarterback who withdrew. Once he was selected but didn’t play.
The 24-year-old Foles started only 10 regular-season games after replacing Michael Vick in the lineup. Foles went 8-2 as a starter, leading the Eagles to the NFC East title by completing 203 of 317 passes (64 percent) for 2,891 yards and 27 touchdowns. He threw only two interceptions.
Foles’ 27 to 2 ratio was the best of all-time. His 119.2 passer rating led the NFL and was third-best all-time for a full season.
Eagles left tackle Jason Peters, who was plagued by minor injuries all season, withdrew from the Pro Bowl. Peters was selected for the sixth time. Houston Texans tackle Duane Brown will replace Peters.