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Rice, Williams pull out of Pro Bowl

Posted by: under Vikings, NFC, NFL post-season, Vikings players, Antoine Winfield, Brett Favre, Kevin Williams, Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice, Steve Hutchinson Updated: January 26, 2010 - 1:50 PM

Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice has pulled out of the Pro Bowl, according to ESPN. Rice was extremely banged up after Sunday's loss to the Saints in the NFC Championship game. He will be replaced by Atlanta's Roddy White.

Rice is the fourth Vikings player to withdraw from the Pro Bowl, joining Brett Favre, Antoine Winfield and Percy Harvin. There could be more too.

Left guard Steve Hutchinson battled several injuries this season and defensive tackle Kevin Williams was listed as questionable last week because of a knee injury.

Williams said Monday that he planned to play but we'll see if that changes in the next few days.

UPDATE: It didn't take long to get than answered. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Williams has pulled out and will be replaced by San Francisco's Justin Smith.

The Vikings had an NFL-high 10 Pro Bowl players.

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