Last year, the Bills had LeSean McCoy and Richie Incognito as well as Micah Hyde selected in the initial round of Pro Bowl voting. (Mike Tolbert was somehow an alternate at fullback despite not playing the position.) In fact, it’s the first time since 2012 that no Bills were selected for the Pro Bowl.
Linebacker Matt Milano and his splash plays, Kyle Williams and his reputation, up-and-comer Tre’Davious White, former Pro Bowler Lorenzo Alexander (who is enjoying a solid year), steady-but-sure Jerry Hughes, as well as the ever-solid Hyde were all shut out this season despite impact years. Without the takeaways and sacks, the Bills defense wasn’t likely to make the trip. On offense, an anemic stretch spelled disaster for their chances.
The Pro Bowl doesn’t take place until the week before the Super Bowl, though, and there is still a chance a Bills player could be added. According to Mike Rodak, Kyle Williams is the first alternate and would replace Geno Atkins (Cincinnati Bengals), Jurrell Casey (Tennessee Titans), or Cameron Heyward (Pittsburgh Steelers) if they are in the Super Bowl, hurt, or decline to participate. Jerry Hughes is the fourth alternate at defensive end—a ways down the list.