Chiefs Linebacker Derrick Johnson Added to Pro Bowl to Replace Injured NaVarro Bowman


Dec 22, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson (34) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson (56) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The third question — the first was, “jeez, is he going to be okay?” and the second was “Fox, will you please stop showing the replay?” — a lot of Kansas City Chiefs fans asked last night when San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman’s leg was twisted gruesomely sideways was: “I wonder if that means Derrick Johnson will get un-snubbed and invited to the Pro Bowl?”

This afternoon, we received our answer.

This obviously not the way anyone wants to make the Pro-Bowl, on the horrific, potentinally career-ending injury that Bowman received last night where he tore both his ACL and MCL on a goal line fumble recovery. However, this does right the wrong that was committed when Johnson was omitted from the pro bowl.

Johnson was probably the biggest non-selected player to the annual NFL all-star game this season, held next Sunday in Honolulu, Hawaii. Johnson finished the season with 95 solo tackles, 4.5 sacks, and two interceptions. If that’s not pro bowl caliber, I don’t know what is. We wish NaVorro Bowman a speedy recovery and congratulate Johnson on his selection to his third pro bowl.