Green has 66 catches for 964 yards but has not played in the last four games due to a hamstring injury, leaving him 36 yards shy of a sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season. Green also has been voted to the Pro Bowl in all six seasons and is the only player in franchise history to make it in the first six seasons of his career. Anthony Munoz holds the team record with 11 selections, which came in consecutive seasons from 1981-1991.
Lewis has said Green will play when healthy, possibly as early as Saturday in Houston, but it remains to be seen whether he would be willing to risk re-aggravating the injury in the Pro Bowl, especially in light of what happened last year to teammate Tyler Eifert, who suffered at first what was believed to be a minor ankle injury but ended up missing the first six games of 2016 after having surgery in May.
Eifert said in July he would never play in the Pro Bowl again.
“It’s just not worth it in my opinion,” he said. “It was a great week, but I don’t want to risk going through this again.”
Atkins’ selection is his third in a row and fifth in the last six seasons. His team-high 7.5 sacks lead the league among interior linemen. He also leads in the Bengals in quarterback hits (23) and tackles for loss (12).
His five selections are the most in franchise history for a defensive lineman and are one shy of the Bengals record for defensive players, which is held by cornerback Lemar Parrish.
It Whitworth ends up participating, it would be his third time, while it would be the second for Dunlap and first for Zeitler.
This season’s Pro Bowl will return to its original AFC vs. NFC format after three years of being “unconferenced.”
Cincinnati Bengals (5-8-1) at Houston Texans (8-6)
When: 8:25 p.m. Saturday
TV:. Ch. 12, NFL Network
Radio: 700-AM, 1530-AM, 102.7-FM, 104.7-FM