Lions' Calvin Johnson will not play in Pro Bowl

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

It should come as little surprise, but the announcement will likely fuel the speculation.

Calvin Johnson

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson will not play in the Pro Bowl this year as the Jacksonville Jaguars announced that Allen Robinson (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s) will replace him.

The 30-year-old Johnson, of course, is considering retirement, but he dealt with an ankle injury for the entire second half of the season. So, Johnson skipping the Pro Bowl should come as little surprise.

Johnson earned an invitation to the annual all-star game for the sixth-straight season, but he hasn’t played since 2011. Even after the announcement last month, Johnson was non-committal when asked if he’d play in the Pro Bowl.

"We'll see how I'm feeling around then," he said.

In his ninth NFL season, Johnson had 88 catches for 1,214 yards and nine touchdowns. Robinson, meanwhile, was considered a snub for the game as he had 80 catches for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns in his second season for Jacksonville.

Defensive end Ziggy Ansah was the only other Lions player who made the Pro Bowl.