Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor has turned down a chance to play in the Pro Bowl for the second straight year.
The Bills announced Monday afternoon that Taylor had been invited -- he was originally an alternate for the game -- but will not play. That's not a surprise, as he is recovering from sports hernia surgery that was conducted shortly after the 2016 season ended. As an alternate who is unable to play, the NFL will not officially recognize Taylor as a Pro Bowler for the 2016 season.
Taylor would have replaced New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who is busy preparing for the Super Bowl. Oakland's Derek Carr and Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger were the other two AFC quarterbacks originally picked for the game. Carr suffered a broken leg late in the regular season and has been replaced in the Pro Bowl lineup by Kansas City's Alex Smith.
Taylor completed 61.7 percent of his passes in 2016, for 3,023 yards. He threw for 17 touchdowns and just six interceptions while leading all quarterbacks with 580 rushing yards and six TDs.