Scott in, R. Lewis out for Pro Bowl

January 31, 2007|By Mike Preston

Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis has withdrawn from the AFC Pro Bowl team because of a hand injury and will be replaced by teammate Bart Scott. Scott and his family were expected to fly from Baltimore to the Super Bowl in Miami today, and then to Honolulu for the Pro Bowl after Sunday's game.

Lewis was a first alternate but was chosen to replace injured Denver Broncos linebacker Al Wilson last week. But Lewis reportedly hurt his hand in the team's playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts, and Scott will replace him. The Ravens had prepared a news release about Scott but were still awaiting official word from the NFL last night.

"I had to sneak in the back door, which is the story of my life," Scott said. "I had to get a screwdriver and plow open the window. But it's still an honor to play in the game. It's a fitting end to a good season."

Scott finished the season with 130 tackles, second on the team to Lewis, who had 164. Scott also had 9.5 sacks and two interceptions.

He will be joined at the Pro Bowl by the following teammates: left tackle Jonathan Ogden, safety Ed Reed, outside linebackers Adalius Thomas and Terrell Suggs, and cornerback Chris McAlister.

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