As it turns out, the Buffalo Bills will have a player participating in the 2016 Pro Bowl this weekend, as center Eric Wood has been added to the game to, in all likelihood, replace Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil, who is headed to the Super Bowl.
After it was revealed that running back LeSean McCoy wouldn't be playing in the game thanks to a late-season knee injury, the Bills had been left without an all-star representative - until Wood's call-up, that is.
While official word of the bump has not yet come down, two of Wood's interior line running mates, Richie Incognito and Kraig Urbik, let the cat out of the bag on Twitter.
I would like to congratulate my teammate and brother @EWood70 on making his first Pro Bowl!! It is well deserved!!! Aloha Baby— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) January 25, 2016
Congrats to my brother @EWood70 on heading to the Pro Bowl. Worked his tail off to get there. Much deserved!!— Kraig Urbik (@kraigurbik) January 25, 2016
For Wood, this is his first trip to Hawaii, and it comes in his seventh season as a pro starter. The soon-to-be 30-year-old center helped the Bills finish with the NFL's No. 1 running offense in 2015, and was one of two Bills linemen to participate on every offensive snap during the regular season (Incognito was the other).
Wood was one of four Pro Bowl alternates on Buffalo's roster this season, joining Incognito, quarterback Tyrod Taylor, and defensive lineman Marcell Dareus. Incognito does not seem to have received an invite, and Dareus broke his foot in the Bills' season finale.