NFL Notebook

McGahee Makes Pro Bowl

From News Services and Staff Reports
Thursday, January 31, 2008

San Diego star LaDainian Tomlinson withdrew from the Pro Bowl yesterday, paving the way for Willis McGahee's first appearance in the game.

Baltimore's running back, a second alternate, earned a trip to Hawaii because Tomlinson has a sprained knee. McGahee missed Baltimore's regular season finale with broken ribs but has sufficiently recovered and is eager to be part of the AFC squad.

"It is an honor and a privilege to be going to the Pro Bowl, especially when your peers have a say in the matter," McGahee said in a statement. "It is a goal that I have had for a long time, and I am going to enjoy every second of this."

Linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed were also selected to play in the Pro Bowl; tackle Jonathan Ogden pulled out.

The Ravens also hired Jerry Rosburg as special teams coach, a move that provides veteran leadership on a unit that is particularly important to new coach John Harbaugh. Rosburg coached the Atlanta Falcons' special teams this season.

¿ NO DECISION: Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre said he hadn't decided yet whether he will return to play next season.

"We just played a little over a week ago," Favre said, "and I'm going to take a few more weeks."

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