We now know at least two of the Raiders’ 7 Pro Bowl players will not be participating in the game in Orlando. Derek Carr being the first and now All Pro Khalil Mack has opted out due to an undisclosed injury. He had not appeared on the injury report during the season or prior to their Wild Card playoff game in Houston.
Mack will be replaced in the game by New York Jets defensive end, Leonard Williams, the team announced today.
Both Mack and Carr will still receive their $250K Pro Bowl bonus. Per the rules for the bonus, players can opt out and still receive the bonus if they don’t play in the game either because of injury or because their team is playing in the Super Bowl.
The ship sailed on the latter last weekend.
The remaining Pro Bowl player on the roster are WR Amari Cooper, C Rodney Hudson, S Reggie Nelson, G/T Kelechi Osemele and T Donald Penn.
I would expect we haven’t seen the last Raiders player to opt out of the Pro Bowl due to injury. Donald Penn missed the team’s Wild Card game with a broken bone in his knee, Rodney Hudson suffered an ankle injury in that Wild Card game that cost him a series, and Kelechi Osemele had been nursing an ankle issue much of the latter part of the season. Amari Cooper also appeared on the injury report with a shoulder issue.