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As expected, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will not play in the Pro Bowl in two weeks.

Suh, who earned All-Pro honors in 2014 for the third time in his five NFL seasons, is set to become one of the most marquee free agents in recent history this offseason, and playing in the Pro Bowl would've been an unnecessary risk to his upcoming payday.

Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins will replace Suh, according to the report. This was the fourth year Suh was voted to the Pro Bowl.

Suh's absence leaves the Lions with just one representative — free safety Glover Quin — in the annual all-star game for now. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson declined his invitation for the fourth straight year due to injury after dealing with a high-ankle sprain for much of the 2014 season.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford could be added to the roster before the game. He's among the alternates at quarterback, and at least two of the Pro Bowlers — Andrew Luck, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson — will miss the game to play in the Super Bowl.

Lions wide receiver Golden Tate, linebacker DeAndre Levy and strong safety James Ihedigbo are Pro Bowl alternates, too, so if more players back out, some of them could receive an invitation.

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