Originally created 01/23/04

McNabb out of Pro Bowl, replaced by Rams' Bulger



NEW YORK -- Donovan McNabb dropped out of the Pro Bowl on Thursday because of a rib injury, and was replaced by St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger.

McNabb was injured in the Philadelphia Eagles' 14-3 loss to Carolina in the NFC championship game Sunday.

Bulger and Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck will back up starter Daunte Culpepper of Minnesota.

Green Bay's Brett Favre pulled out of the game because of the broken thumb he dealt with for much of the season.

Bulger replaced Kurt Warner as starting quarterback in the season's second week and led the Rams to a 12-4 record and the NFC West title. He completed 336 of 532 passes for 3,845 yards (most in the NFC) and threw 22 touchdown passes, along with 22 interceptions, for an 81.4 passer rating.

Denver Broncos linebacker Al Wilson was chosen the AFC's "need player" by AFC coach Tony Dungy of Indianapolis. Wilson will play in the Pro Bowl for the third straight year, joining center Tom Nalen and running back Clinton Portis on the AFC roster.