Ravens RB Rice, Colts DE Mathis say they'll skip Pro Bowl

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  • Published: Jan. 24, 2012 at 11:31 a.m.
  • Updated: Jan. 24, 2012 at 11:49 a.m.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice said on Tuesday he will skip the Pro Bowl in Hawaii on Sunday "for family reasons," according to the Carroll County (Md.) Times.

Rice, who just finished his fourth season, carried the ball 291 times for 1,364 yards and 12 touchdowns, marking the third consecutive time that he's topped 1,000 yards rushing in a season. He also caught 76 passes for 704 yards and three scores. The Pro Bowl appearance would have been Rice's second, after earning a trip in 2009. The Ravens were eliminated by the New England Patriots in Sunday's AFC Championship game.

Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew, San Diego's Ryan Mathews and Denver's Willis McGahee are the other running backs currently on the AFC Pro Bowl roster; Houston's Arian Foster was named to the team but will miss the game with an injury.

Also on Tuesday the Indianapolis Star reported that Indianapolis Colts defensive end Robert Mathis will miss the game as well. Mathis' fiancee gave birth to twin boys earlier this month. He had been in line to replace injured Patriot Andre Carter.
The 30-year-old Mathis had 9.5 sacks in his ninth season in the NFL. He was named to consecutive Pro Bowls in 2008, 2009 and 2010.