Zach Brown was at home playing an NBA 2K video game when the Pro Bowl rosters were announced at 8 p.m. Tuesday night.
The Bills’ inside linebacker ranks third in the NFL – and first in the AFC – with 130 tackles. He also has 4.0 sacks and 11 tackles for loss.
But when running back LeSean McCoy and outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander were the only Bills on the list, Brown was upset. “Snub,” he tweeted at 8:19 p.m. “I guess [your] play don't matter no more.”
Brown was named an alternate for the Pro Bowl – as were at least six other Bills, including defensive tackle Kyle Williams and left guard Richie Incognito – but that didn’t help him feel much better. He explained his frustration in the locker room Wednesday.
"We looked at the Bills and it said 'Zo and Shady; I said, 'Damn, I didn't make it?' It was disappointing," Brown said. "I was hot. I ain't going to lie, I was mad.
“I felt like I should've been outright. It just felt that way.”
Instead, New England’s Dont’a Hightower (64 tackles, 2.5 sacks) and Baltimore’s C.J. Mosley (72 and 0) were voted into the game at middle/inside linebacker.
Brown could still get to the Pro Bowl if another linebacker declines the invitation, cancels due to injury or has to skip it because his team is playing in the Super Bowl the following week. The Pro Bowl takes place in Orlando on Sunday, Jan. 29.
"As a kid, you just want to go once," he said. “It’s something I always dreamed about as a kid, and even now. Just go at least once."
Incognito and Williams said they are first alternates for the game while cornerback Stephon Gilmore said he was a second alternate. Fullback Jerome Felton said he was also named a replacement, though he didn’t know how high he was on the list. The team said quarterback Tyrod Taylor and special teamer Brandon Tate were also alternates.
“I think that I put together a Pro Bowl-type season,” Incognito said. “Hopefully I get in there and get some All-Pro votes. I think that’s the season I put together. That’s my resume, I worked hard for it.
“I take a lot of pride in getting our starting running back in and getting him all those yards,” he added. “I was a little disappointed I didn’t get in, but as it sunk in and I realized I was first alternate, it’s a pretty cool honor.”
Rex Ryan said thought the Bills would’ve had more Pro Bowlers if they had a better record.
“I think, you know, when you’re having that year that we’re having – you know, we’re right there at 7-7 – a lot of times, you don’t get them. You know, you don’t get the benefit of the doubt," he said. "I think there’s a lot of guys having a lot of really good years. But I think had we have had a little better year, obviously we probably could’ve had more names in there.”
DT Kyle Williams (back) and RT Jordan Mills (illness) missed practice Wednesday, as did LB Lerentee McCray (concussion). LB Preston Brown (foot), TE Charles Clay (knee), FB Jerome Felton (foot), LT Cordy Glenn (back), LB Jerry Hughes (hamstring), RG John Miller (hip), WR Sammy Watkins (foot) and DT Jerel Worthy (shoulder) were all limited.