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NFL World Reacts To Josh Allen Pro Bowl News

Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills looks for an open teammate

DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 19: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills looks for an open teammate during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field At Mile High on December 19, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen did not make the Pro Bowl on the first ballot but was instead added to the game as an alternate. Just don't expect to see him on Pro Bowl Sunday.

In a statement he released this morning, Allen announced that he will be declining the Pro Bowl invitation. He cited a desire to rest and recover from the 2021 season as a primary reason for not going.

"Unfortunately I will be declining the invitation to play in the Pro Bowl this year in order to allow my body to rest and recover from the harshness of the season," Allen wrote. "The type of quarterback I am, I obtain a lot of bumps and bruises along the road of a season, so I will use this time to let my body heal."

Bills fans are applauding Allen for turning down the exhibition game. Some suspect that Allen is also spurning the Pro Bowl as a protest for not being a first ballot selection.

There's no denying that Josh Allen put up Pro Bowl numbers in 2021. He completed 63.3-percent of his passes for 4,407 yards and 36 touchdowns with 15 interceptions.

But Allen saved his best games of the season for the postseason. In two games against the Patriots and Chiefs, Allen completed 77-percent of his passes for over 630 yards and nine touchdowns.

Allen has seemingly already joined the ranks of the NFL elite. He's already on the verge of being a perennial Pro Bowl selection.

All he needs now is a trip to the Super Bowl to really cement himself as elite.