The Steelers somehow got two players off their 31st-ranked offense onto the AFC Pro Bowl squad in 2019. But neither will play in the game.
Per multiple reports, both center Maurkice Pouncey and guard David DeCastro will skip the Pro Bowl.
Colts center Ryan Kelly will replace Pouncey, who has struggled with ankle injuries for some time and missed the final game of the regular season with a knee injury.
Browns guard Joel Bitonio will play for the AFC in place of DeCastro, who did not miss any games in 2019.
Pouncey's Pro Bowl honor was the eighth of his career. He's also been voted first-team All-Pro twice and second-team All-Pro three times.
DeCastro's Pro Bowl trip would have been his fifth. He's also been voted first-team All-Pro twice and second-team once.
Though Pouncey and DeCastro have backed out, the Steelers have three players still participating in the game, which will be played Jan. 26 in Orlando. Defensive lineman Cam Heyward, outside linebacker T.J. Watt and safety Minkah Fitzpatrick are still scheduled to play.