The Pro Bowl teams are in Orlando preparing to face off this weekend. This year, the format is back to AFC vs NFC the way God intended. The Raiders initially had 7 players on the roster, but due to injuries, four had to back out and were replaced by alternates.
Along with their 7 Pro Bowlers, they had 7 alternates. But unlike last year when all of their alternates would get called to play in the game, this year they would be left out.
Three Raiders remain in the Pro Bowl — left guard Kelechi Osemele, center Rodney Hudson, and safety Reggie Nelson.
It is the first trip to the Pro Bowl for both Osemele and Hudson who will line up alongside each other as starters.
The four who were named Pro Bowlers but had to back out are as follows, along with the player that replaced them:
Derek Carr - replaced by Alex Smith (Chiefs)
Amari Cooper - replaced by Emmanuel Sanders (Broncos)
Donald Penn - replaced by Andrew Whitworth (Bengals)
Khalil Mack - replaced by Leonard Williams (Jets)
In total there were 20 AFC alternates selected to replace players who opted out of the Pro Bowl for various reasons.
Here is the final AFC Pro Bowl roster (click here to see the NFC):
Quarterback: Alex Smith*, Chiefs; Andy Dalton, Bengals; Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
Running back: Melvin Gordon, Chargers; DeMarco Murray*, Titans; Jay Ajayi, Dolphins
Fullback: Kyle Juszcyzyk*, Ravens
Wide receiver: Demaryius Thomas, Broncos; Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos; Jarvis Landry*, Dolphins; T.Y. Hilton*, Colts
Tackle: Joe Thomas*, Browns; Andrew Whitworth, Bengals; Taylor Lewan*, Titans
Guard: Richie Incognito, Bills; Kelechi Osemele*, Raiders; David DeCastro*, Steelers
Center: Rodney Hudson*, Raiders; Jeremy Zuttah, Ravens
Tight end: Travis Kelce*, Chiefs; Delanie Walker, Titans
Defense end: Khalil Mack*, Raiders; Cameron Wake*, Dolphins; Jadeveon Clowney, Texans
Interior linemen: Geno Atkins*, Bengals; Ndamukong Suh*, Dolphins; Jurrell Casey, Titans
Outside linebacker: Von Miller*, Broncos; Lorenzo Alexander*, Bills; Brian Orakpo, Titans
Inside/middle linebacker: Zach Brown, Bills; Ryan Shazier*, Steelers
Cornerback: Stephon Gilmore, Buffalo; Aqib Talib*, Broncos; Casey Hayward*, Chargers; Chris Harris, Broncos
Free safety: Eric Weddle, Ravens; Reggie Nelson*, Raiders
Strong safety: Darian Stewart*, Broncos
Punter: Dustin Colquitt*, Chiefs
Kicker: Justin Tucker*, Ravens
Long snapper: Morgan Cox*, Ravens
Return specialist: Tyreek Hill*, Chiefs
Special teamer: D.J. Alexander*, Chiefs