Why isn't Dak Prescott playing in the Pro Bowl?

Prescott was named to the 2024 Pro Bowl but has opted out.
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Dallas Cowboys fans tuning into the Pro Bowl to watch Dak Prescott don't need to anymore, as the Cowboys quarterback has opted out of the festivities. Prescott was named to his third Pro Bowl after throwing for over 4,500 yards and tossing 36 touchdowns to nine picks while also rushing for 242 yards and two scores with his legs.

This is Presott's first Pro Bowl since the 2018 season when he threw for 3,885 yards. His first appearance came as a rookie in 2016 when he had 3,667 passing yards.

Why did Dak Prescott opt out of the Pro Bowl?

While a lot of big-name quarterbacks opt out of the Pro Bowl due to injury concerns or simply not caring about the festivities, Prescott has a darn good reason for not taking part. He and his girlfriend are expecting their first child together and the due date is fast approaching.

Bucs quarterback Baker Mayfield will replace Prescott. There are seven members of the Cowboys taking part in the Pro Bowl events, which begin on Thursday and continue on Sunday.

Every Cowboys 2023 Pro Bowler

Though Prescott won't be participating, the Cowboys will be well-represented at the 2024 Pro Bowl Games in Orlando. DE Micah Parsons, WR CeeDee Lamb, RG Zack Martin, CB DaRon Bland, K Brandon Aubrey and P Bryan Anger will all voted it initially.

This week, TE Jake Ferguson, DE DeMarcus Lawrence and LG Tyler Smith were added to the Pro Bowl roster as replacements. Smith will actually replace Martin, who's expecting a child with his wife, Morgan, per the Dallas Morning News. Smith was actually a second-team All-Pro so the fact he was snubbed from the initial roster was shocking.

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