The Pro Bowl Games kicked off on Thursday and will continue for the main event on Sunday. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy was named to the NFC team but won't play in the game.
Some who aren't familiar with the Pro Bowl rules might be confused why Purdy won't be participating. Unlike signal-callers like Dak Prescott who opted out due to having a baby on the way or Matthew Stafford who likely won't be playing due to not wanting to risk further injury, Purdy is ineligible to partake in the Pro Bowl Games due to the 49ers making the Super Bowl.
When the Pro Bowl used to be held the weekend after the Super Bowl, it was fair game for Super Bowl participants to take part in the Pro Bowl as well. In 2010, the NFL moved the event to take place between the week of the conference championship games and the Super Bowl. This meant that if a team makes the Super Bowl, anyone from that team is ineligible to participate in the Pro Bowl.
Brock Purdy won't play in the Pro Bowl due to the 49ers making the Super Bowl.
Eight other members of the Niners made it to the Pro Bowl this year so that's a lot of alternates needing to be filled for the NFC squad. Along with Purdy, the other 49er Pro Bowlers were Christian McCaffrey, Kyle Juszczyk, George Kittle, Trent Williams, Nick Bosa, Javon Hargrave, Fred Warner and, Charvarius Ward.