There was reason for bitching and complaining across Raider Nation Tuesday, too. Darren McFadden didn’t make it despite more than 1,600 yards rushing and receiving, Sebastian Janikowski didn’t make it despite tying the Raiders single-season scoring record, and Jacoby Ford didn’t make it despite breaking the Raiders single-season kickoff returns for a touchdown record.
But four of those wrongs can still be righted. Raiders.com announced that McFadden, Janikowski, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, and tight end Zach Miller were announced as Pro Bowl alternates. Each of them could still make the Pro Bowl roster if one of the primary roster players is injured or withdraws.
With the Super Bowl being played the week before the Super Bowl again this season, larger numbers of players should be expected to withdraw.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who is now officially rooting for Baltimore to make the Super Bowl because then three Raiders (McFadden, Janikowski, and Kelly) would be automatically added via Baltimore withdrawals.