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Pat McAfee to have knee surgery, will miss the Pro Bowl

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Today on Twitter, Colts punter Pat McAfee announced that he will be having surgery on his right knee, the third knee surgery he’s had in four years, and that it will require him to miss the Pro Bowl.

“While looking at the scans of my right knee with me, my doctor informed me that the injury I suffered in week 10, is absolutely going to require surgery,” McAfee said in a message posted on Twitter. “This will be my 3rd knee surgery in 4 years. With that being said, after a little bit of deliberation, I am choosing not to participate in the Pro Bowl, because I do not want to risk any further damage before the surgery takes place. I was hoping to win the QB skills challenge as well as be the best dodgeball player in Orlando, but my bum wheel would limit me exponentially. I am confident that Mr [Johnny] Hekker will represent well in both of these events for our position. I was not told who the AFC alternate punter selection was, if it’s Marquette [King], or Dustin Colquitt, or any other punter from the AFC who had an incredible year, I can’t wait to watch you guys bomb balls on January 29th. As a punter or a kicker, being selected to the Pro Bowl means that your punting and kicking peers, the folks who actually know what makes a good punter or not, chose you to be the guy. For me, just as it was the first time I was selected, this is an incredible honor. I thank everybody who voted for me to be in the game, but it’s time I think about enjoying walking without pain for a couple weeks before my surgery makes this bad boy brand new... again. Have a great weekend, cheers.”

Last offseason, if you remember, McAfee said he had surgery on his left knee. This time, it’s on his right knee. He said that the injury occurred in week ten, which would have been the Colts’ bye week. Most likely, he meant the team’s tenth game, which would have been their home contest against the Tennessee Titans. That means he was punting on an injured right knee in the final six games, which makes what he accomplished this season even more remarkable.

McAfee averaged a career-high 49.3 yards per punt in 2016, most in the league, and he also averaged 42.7 net yards per punt (third-most in the NFL and just 0.1 yards away from tying his career high). It was yet another terrific season for McAfee, and he was named to his second Pro Bowl in three years as a result.

For Colts fans looking to tune in to the Pro Bowl in a couple of weeks, however, McAfee won’t be playing in it. T.Y. Hilton is still scheduled to appear, and we haven’t heard whether any other Colts - like Andrew Luck - might be alternates. But either way, though it stinks for McAfee to have too miss the Pro Bowl festivities, the biggest thing is for him to get healthy moving forward so he can continue his incredibly high level of punting for the Colts next season.