Cam Newton has a good shot of making Pro Bowl

Just because Cam Newton did not receive an invitation to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday doesn’t mean the Carolina Panthers quarterback won’t get one.

The Charlotte Observer reported Newton is the No. 1 alternate for the all-star game and that means chances are pretty good he’ll get the call at some point. He shouldn’t pack his shoulder pads away after Sunday’s season finale, anyway.

As Joe Person of the Observer points out, chances are good either Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers or New Orleans’ Drew Brees will not be available for the Pro Bowl because their team is involved in the Super Bowl. Eli Manning of the New York Giants is the third quarterback on the NFC roster, and his team is also alive for the playoffs.

That’s not what any fan of the San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons or Detroit Lions wants to hear, but it’s what Newton needs to unfold to have his ticket punched for Honolulu.

Of course, if one of the top three quarterback pulled out of the game for any other reason, it would also create an opening for Newton.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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