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I-R won’t keep Leodis out of Pro Bowl

Posted by Chris Brown on December 21, 2012 – 8:08 am

If Leodis McKelvin earns the nod from players and coaches to represent the AFC as their designated returner, his current injured reserve status would not keep him from being named to the team or from participating.

According to the NFL league office, McKelvin being placed on injured reserve does not rule him out for the Pro Bowl. If he is voted in he would have to pass a physical prior to the week of Pro Bowl to participate.

Now with the news that McKelvin is likely to have groin surgery, participating may not happen. McKelvin leads the NFL in punt return average with a mark of 18.7 and has two returns for touchdowns. He’s also among the league leaders in kick return average.

For those wondering why Fred Jackson wasn’t afforded this discretion last year, McKelvin was placed on injured reserve after the player/coach ballots were finalized. Jackson’s moved to injured reserve happened a month before that happened last year.

The Pro Bowl rosters are scheduled to be announced on Dec. 26th on NFL Network at 7 pm.

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