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Super Bowl 53: Take a look at the Patriots’ 2019 Pro Bowl replacements

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While New England’s two Pro Bowlers prepare to play in the Super Bowl, their replacements will play an exhibition game.

NFL: Houston Texans at New England Patriots Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday, the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl will take place in Orlando, Florida and the NFL’s best (or at least most recognizable) players of the season will match up against each other in an exhibition game and skills showdown. Yet, the two best teams of the season will not be a part of the spectacle: the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams will be preparing for their upcoming matchup in Super Bowl 53.

Consequently, the NFL needs to replace both teams’ Pro Bowl nominations for Sunday’s game. In New England’s case, this means the following:

QB Tom Brady: QB Deshaun Watson (Houston Texans)

CB Stephon Gilmore: CB Chris Harris Jr. (Denver Broncos)

While Brady and Gilmore will not be part of the Pro Bowl, they will still receive a pay check for being nominated to it through the initial vote. As a result, each of the two veterans will get $50,500 — exactly the middle ground between what the players on the winning team ($67,000) and those on the losing team ($34,000) will get.