Giants linebacker Olivier Vernon will go to his first Pro Bowl later this month, replacing the Bears’ Khalil Mack on the NFC roster. Mack will not participate because of injury and Vernon was a first alternate.
Vernon’s 2018 season with the Giants started slowly because of an ankle injury that sidelined him for the first month. There were only four games this season in which he recorded a sack, but he finished with a team-high seven of them, including 2 1⁄2 in Week 17. He also had 30 tackles and 21 quarterback hits.
Vernon’s addition to the event gives the Giants four Pro Bowlers. Safety Landon Collins was voted a starter but had shoulder surgery and will not play. The others expected to participate are rookie running back Saquon Barkley and kicker Aldrick Rosas.
Another Giants safety, Michael Thomas, is a first alternate for the NFC’s special teams position. That currently is held by the Rams’ Cory Littleton, but if he and his team are preparing for a Super Bowl that week (or Littleton decides to skip the event after a potential NFC Championship Game appearance), Thomas will go.
That would give the Giants as many Pro Bowlers for 2018 as they had wins.