Favre withdraws because of thumb

Updated: January 21, 2004, 8:26 PM ET
Associated Press

HONOLULU -- Brett Favre dropped out of the Pro Bowl on Wednesday and was replaced by Matt Hasselbeck, his former backup in Green Bay.

Seattle quarterback Hasselbeck and Packers center Mike Flanagan were selected for the game, with Flanagan stepping in for Chicago's Olin Kreutz.

Favre won't play because of the broken thumb he dealt with for much of the season. Hasselbeck was impressive in a 33-27 overtime loss at Green Bay in the playoffs.

Hasselbeck is the third Seahawks quarterback to make the Pro Bowl, following Dave Krieg and Warren Moon. He threw for a franchise record 3,841 yards in 2003 and 26 touchdowns.

He joins Seattle tackle Walter Jones, guard Steve Hutchinson and special-teamer Alex Bannister in the game Feb. 8.

Flanagan also will be appearing in his first Pro Bowl. Kreutz has a bruised knee and sprained ankle.

Other Packers in the game are running back Ahman Green, guard Marco Rivera and tight end Bubba Franks.

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