In addition to the five Broncos that were named to the 2013 AFC Pro Bowl team, six others were named alternates.
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is a first alternate, guard Chris Kuper is a second alternate, guard Zane Beadles, special-teamer David Bruton, punter Britton Colquitt are third alternates and wide receiver Eric Decker is a fifth alternate.
Thomas, who ranks fourth in the AFC with 1,312 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, is the next man up at wideout if any of the four players named to the position cannot attend the game. A.J. Green, Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne and Wes Welker are the four receivers currently on the squad.
Only four receivers in league history have matched Thomas’ output and been left off the Pro Bowl team — Ed McCaffrey, Isaac Bruce, Brett Perriman and Robert Brooks.
Players that advance to the Super Bowl do not participate in the Pro Bowl, which takes place the week before the Super Bowl in Hawaii. All four receivers that made the AFC Pro Bowl roster are on playoff clubs, as is Thomas. So, the only way that Thomas isn’t going to the Pro Bowl would be if the Ravens or Broncos advanced to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.
A trip to New Orleans would be a good alternative to Honolulu.
HOW THOMAS COMPARES
*2013 AFC Pro Bowlers