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