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The Pro Bowl is gone, and the Pro Bowl Games are here. Days after the NFL announced that its annual all-star game will be replaced with a multifaceted skills competition this season, the league has unveiled additional details about the event. Namely, multiple seven-on-seven flag football games will headline the Sunday afternoon slot typically reserved for a full-contact matchup between AFC and NFC Pro Bowlers. And all players voted into the Pro Bowl will be required to participate, barring injury.
In a letter addressed from the NFL to the NFL Players Association, the league has spelled out the following:
It’s worth noting the NFL’s letter regarding Pro Bowl Games rules officially designates the showcase as a “Replacement Event” for the 2022 season, suggesting the new format is merely a trial run for future years.
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2023 NFL Pro Bowl Games details revealed: 7-on-7 flag football, dodgeball, players required to attend – CBS Sports