Bears’ Mack will miss the Pro Bowl due to an in­jury

Lodi News-Sentinel - - QUICK HITS - — Rich Camp­bell, Chicago Tri­bune

Chicago Bears edge de­fender Khalil Mack will miss the Pro Bowl be­cause of an in­jury, ac­cord­ing to an an­nounce­ment by the New York Gi­ants that said Olivier Ver­non will re­place Mack on the NFC ros­ter.

The Gi­ants’ an­nounce­ment did not spec­ify what Mack’s in­jury is, and the Bears also de­clined to spec­ify when asked for com­ment.

Mack missed games on Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 be­cause of a sprained an­kle he suf­fered Oct. 14. He played the rest of the sea­son and mostly did not ap­pear lim­ited. Also, he fin­ished the Bears’ sea­son-end­ing loss to the Philadel­phia Ea­gles last Sun­day at Soldier Field.

Mack’s 12 sacks this sea­son were the sec­ond-high­est to­tal of his five-year ca­reer. This was his fourth con­sec­u­tive Pro Bowl nom­i­na­tion.

The Bears have four other Pro Bowlers — free safety Ed­die Jack­son, cor­ner­back Kyle Fuller, in­te­rior de­fen­sive line­man Akiem Hicks and re­turn spe­cial­ist Tarik Co­hen.

Jack­son missed the fi­nal two reg­u­larsea­son games and the play­off loss with a sprained right an­kle, so he’s an­other can­di­date to with­draw from the game.

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