The Kansas City Chiefs were hoping that none of their players would be suiting up for the Pro Bowl due to the fact that they were busy with Super Bowl preparations. With that option now taken off of the table, football fans are likely going to see at least a few members of the Chiefs organization in Orlando next weekend. However, defensive tackle Chirs Jones will not be among them.
On Monday, Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean noted that Titans defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons had replaced Jones along the defensive interior for the AFC since Jones was going to miss the game due to an injury. The nature of the injury was not specified as of press time.
Jones was voted to his third Pro Bowl earlier this year after putting up 9 sacks during the regular season for the Chiefs. It’s his third consecutive appearance on the Pro Bowl roster, an indication that fans and the league recognize him as one of the top interior defenders in the game.
Chris Jones is going to miss the Pro Bowl with injury.
Jones missed two games this year, but in 14 starts, he also added 17 quarterback hits, 5 passes deflected, 34 total pressures, and an interior presence that opposing offensive coordinators had to plan around. Jones is widely respected by his peers as well and was recently voted as one of the NFL’s Top 100 Players last summer, coming in at No. 34 overall.
At this point, the Chiefs still have several players who are earmarked for the event. It’s a list that includes quarterback Patrick Mahomes, left tackle Orlando Brown Jr., tight end Travis Kelce, safety Tyrann Mathieu, and wideout Tyreek Hill.
The Pro Bowl is the National Football League’s annual all-star exhibition played on the Sunday before the Super Bowl. This year’s edition will kick off at 2:00 p.m. C.T. on Sunday, February 6.