Hyde, who was scheduled to play in the game as a reserve, suffered a concussion in the Bills playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars during the divisional round. This is the likely reason as to why he elected not to play. He will be replaced by Kevin Byard of the Tennessee Titans.
Bills running back LeSean McCoy and offensive lineman Richie Incognito are still scheduled to play in the Pro Bowl. No other Bills were named to replace injured or Super Bowl-bound players.
The 27-year-old Hyde, who signed with the Bills this past offseason, had the best campaign of his five-year career, notching career-highs across the board. Hyde finished with 82 combines tackles, five interceptions and 13 passes defended, while starting all 16 of the Bills’ regular-season games.
This was Hyde’s first Pro Bowl selection.