CHARLOTTE — Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil will join teammates DeAngelo Williams and Julius Peppers at the Pro Bowl this week in Miami.
The NFL announced today that Kalil, an alternate, would replace New Orleans Saints center Jonathan Goodwin on the NFC roster. Goodwin can't participate because he's playing in the Super Bowl a week later.
Sunday's Pro Bowl appearance will be the first for Kalil, who recently completed his third NFL season. He is widely regarded as one of the NFL's best and most talented young centers.
Goodwin was one of 14 members of the Indianapolis Colts and Saints who were selected to play in the Pro Bowl but won't be able to perform.
Usually, the Pro Bowl is held in Hawaii the week after the Super Bowl, allowing players from the championship teams to participate.
This year, however, the Pro Bowl is being held at the site of the Super Bowl and is being played one week earlier.