POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 22, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 12:15 p.m. HST, Jan 22, 2013
RENTON, Wash. » Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has been added to the NFC roster for the Pro Bowl after Atlanta’s Matt Ryan withdrew due to a sprained shoulder.
Coach Mike Smith says Ryan will need three to four weeks to recover from the injury, which was described as a sprained AC joint to the non-throwing shoulder. No surgery is required.
Ryan was hurt just after the two-minute warning. On a 5-yard pass that Jason Snelling took down to the San Francisco 10, linebacker Ahmad Brooks got a shot on the Atlanta quarterback. Ryan’s next two passes were incomplete, sealing the 49ers’ 28-24 victory.
Smith says Ryan would’ve played if the Falcons had beaten the 49ers and advanced to the Super Bowl in two weeks.
Wilson was added to the team on Monday. He will be the sixth Seahawks player in the game, joining offensive linemen Max Unger, who went to high school at Hawaii Prep, and Russell Okung; running back Marshawn Lynch; safety Earl Thomas and kick returner Leon Washington.
Wilson threw for 3,118 yards and tied the NFL rookie record with 26 passing touchdowns in the regular season. His finest performance of the year came in Seattle’s NFC playoff loss at Atlanta Wilson threw for 385 yards and two touchdowns in the 30-28 defeat.
Wilson was originally voted a third alternate for the NFC.
Ryan was injured in Sunday’s NFC championship game loss to San Francisco.
Colts’ Luck added
INDIANAPOLIS >> Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning will get a chance to be teammates after all — at Sunday’s Pro Bowl.
Luck earned his way to the game when New England’s Tom Brady pulled out with an undisclosed injury.
He’ll be joined by teammates Reggie Wayne and Robert Mathis in Hawaii and Manning, the quarterback who preceded Luck in Indy.
Falcons bring two more
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (>> Atlanta Falcons safeties Thomas DeCoud and William Moore have been added to the NFC roster for Sunday’s Pro Bowl.
The Falcons’ season ended with a 28-24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game.
Miami linemen make it
MIAMI >> Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito and defensive tackle Randy Starks have been added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster.
Incognito replaces Baltimore Ravens guard Marshal Yanda, who will participate in the Super Bowl.
Starks replaces New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, who will miss the game because of an injury.
Bills replace Ravens
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. >> Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller, defensive tackle Kyle Williams and free safety Jairus Byrd have been added to the AFC’s Pro Bowl roster, replacing Super Bowl-bound Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice, Haloti Ngata and Ed Reed.
Spiller ran for a career-best 1,244 yards on 207 carries and had six touchdowns. The third-year player’s 6.0-yard per carry average tied for first in the NFL.
Two Broncos join Fox
DENVER >> John Fox and his staff will have some more familiar faces at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii this weekend. Zane Beadles and Demaryius Thomas have been picked to the AFC squad.
Thomas replaces Wes Welker and Beadles replaces Logan Mankins. The Patriots players withdrew Monday due to injuries.
Daniels returns to Hawaii
HOUSTON >> Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels has been added to the AFC roster for this Sunday’s Pro Bowl.
Daniels will make his second Pro Bowl appearance (2008) and becomes the ninth Texan chosen this season. Daniels caught 62 passes for 716 yards in 2012.