These days, the main aim of the NFL Pro Bowl is to avoid injury - a point proven by the fact no less than 133 players were ultimately named to the 2016 event at one point or another due to the large number of withdrawals.
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert may wish he had withdrawn his name from contention too, after events in Hawaii yesterday.
As reported by NFL.com, Eifert suffered a foot injury during Sunday's exhibition game and actually left Aloha Stadium in a walking boot.
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Initial tests on the 25-year-old's left foot haven't thrown up any "substantial" damage, but there is enough concern that Eifert will meet with Cincinnati's foot specialist this week for further evaluation.
Although several football-free months lie ahead for NFL players, Eifert's history with injuries will have Bengals fans crossing their fingers for the all-clear this week.
Through three seasons in the NFL, the tight end has missed 19 games altogether and, even in his breakout 2015 campaign, he was unable to take to the field for the final three weeks of the regular season due to a concussion.
Even if Eifert has avoided any serious damage, the fact he was forced into a walking boot when the Bengals' season has been over for weeks will only serve as ammunition for those who feel the Pro Bowl is an unnecessary risk.
It's already clear from the number of withdrawals that a lot of players simply don't want to risk injury in a meaningless game.
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