Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has pulled out of the Pro Bowl.
Johnson is dealing with a knee injury that bothered him for most of the season. He only missed Week 17, after the Lions were out of the playoff race. He'll be replaced by Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery. Johnson was expected to have knee surgery in early January.
From all accounts it will be a simple knee scope for Megatron which is good news for his status for the offseason workouts.ANALYST: Jeff Mans
Jarrod Parker (elbow) hit 92 mph in his simulated game on Saturday.
Parker's surgery was in March of last year, knocking him out for all of 2014. Recovery has gone well for him, and he made a big step earlier in the Spring by throwing to live hitters. This was his second Tommy John procedure, so it's not a surprise that the Athletics are taking it slow with him. Parker had a decent year in 2013, his second full season in the majors, throwing 197 innings en route to a 3.97 ERA and 134 strikeouts. He's not a viable fantasy option this year, though, due to his injury. Analysis: Ben Diamond