Because the Baltimore Ravens won the AFC championship game yesterday and will be playing in Super Bowl XLVII, running back Ray Rice - one of three conference running backs voted to this year's Pro Bowl - will need to bow out. That means that Spiller, the first alternate at running back, will be asked to take Rice's place in Honolulu this coming Sunday.
Spiller had a break-out 2012 campaign, rushing for 1,244 yards at 6.01 yards per rush, adding 459 receiving yards at 10.7 yards per reception, and scoring eight total touchdowns. Once this comes down officially, Spiller will be part of an AFC backfield that will also feature Arian Foster and Jamaal Charles. (Spiller and Charles on the field at the same time... there's a thought.)
It's not clear whether or not safety Jairus Byrd will be tabbed as the replacement for lone free safety Ed Reed - we haven't seen any firm reports on Byrd's alternate status - but it's also possible that Byrd will sneak in, as well. Stay tuned.