The Buffalo Bills will have one less representative in Sunday's Pro Bowl. Safety Micah Hyde withdrew on Monday because of injury.
Hyde suffered a concussion in the Bills' 10-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in their wild-card playoff game Jan. 7. A second-team All-Pro selection, he was the AFC's leading vote-getter at strong safety after finishing 2017 with 82 tackles, 13 passes defensed and five interceptions — a total that tied for fifth in the NFL.
"I honestly didn’t even think about the whole Pro Bowl stuff coming into the season," he said after the teams were announced last month. "I just wanted to help out the team the best way I could. Whatever position, or whatever it was, I just wanted to help this community get to the playoffs. The whole individual accolades and stuff, that was never really brought to my attention, I guess.
"I just didn’t think about it. It’s just a blessing. I’m excited that, around the league, I’m gaining the respect and stuff, from other players, other teams, other coaches and what not."
Hyde, who was elected to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his five-year career, will be replaced in the AFC lineup by Tennessee's Kevin Byard, the Titans announced. Byard tied for the NFL lead with eight interceptions and was a first-team All-Pro, as voted by the Associated Press, but was not a part of the original Pro Bowl roster.
The Bills are still scheduled to be represented by left guard Richie Incognito and running back LeSean McCoy in the game, which will be played at 3 p.m. Sunday from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.