The NFL will consider dropping the Pro Bowl if the level of play doesn’t improve, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday night.
Appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Town Hall, Goodell agreed with host Michael Strahan that last January’s Pro Bowl “was embarrassing.”
“If we cannot accomplish that kind of standard (of high play), I am inclined to not play it,” Goodell said. “It is really tough to force competition, and after a long season, to ask those guys to go out and play at the same level they played is really tough.”
The league still would select a Pro Bowl team through voting by players, coaches and fans, because it is an honor, but “just not play the game,” he said.
The Pro Bowl will take place in January, a week before the Super Bowl, after the players lobbied to keep it, promising to upgrade their performances.
PACKERS: Safety Charles Woodson has a broken collarbone and will be out approximately six weeks.
Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed the severity of the injury Monday, a day after the team’s 30-20 win at St. Louis.
The 36-year-old Woodson broke his clavicle in the 2011 Super Bowl win over Pittsburgh. McCarthy says Woodson is nervous about his latest injury.
The Packers played without four defensive starters against the Rams. They host Jacksonville on Sunday.
JAGUARS: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew will miss Sunday’s game at Green Bay, maybe more, because of a foot injury.
CHIEFS: Brady Quinn will take over as the starting quarterback and Matt Cassel will serve as the backup beginning with Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders.
PANTHERS: Placed nine-year veteran cornerback Chris Gamble on injured reserve with a torn right labrum in his right shoulder.
CHARGERS: Placed kicker Nate Kaeding on injured reserve and plan to release him when he’s healthy.
TITANS: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck should make his fourth consecutive start Sunday against Indianapolis.
BROWNS: Starting guard Jason Pinkston won’t play again this season.
Still hospitalized with blood clots in his lungs, Pinkston was placed on injured reserve Monday, ending his second year in the NFL after six games.