Favre withdraws because of thumb

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.