HONOLULU – Houston running back Arian Foster said players are going to step up at the Pro Bowl this year, but don’t expect 100 percent effort.
Foster said Friday after practicing with his AFC teammates that it’s unrealistic to expect full effort from the NFL’s top athletes when they’re limited in the plays they’re able to run.
Foster said if the NFL expects 100 percent effort from its stars and league officials are willing to cancel the game if they don’t see that, then the game will likely be scrapped.
I think it’s an honor and a tradition, but for you to expect the best athletes in the NFL to come out and play a game 100 percent when you can’t game plan, you can’t blitz, you can’t do all these things, it’s not going to be competitive like everybody wants it to be, Foster said.
Washington tackle injured in brawl
Washington offensive tackle Trent Williams won’t play in the Pro Bowl after being hurt in a brawl at a Honolulu nightclub.
NFL officials and local police said the first-time all-star was hurt in a fight that injured three men, sending two to the hospital. Police say one man was arrested and five others are being investigated for assault, but not Williams.
Minnesota rookie left tackle Matt Kalil will replace Williams on the NFC team.
No charges for 49ers’ Crabtree
San Francisco’s district attorney won’t file criminal charges against 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree after reviewing evidence of an alleged sexual assault in a hotel after the team’s playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers.
After examining a thorough investigation submitted by police, District Attorney George Gascon said his office determined that no charges would be filed at this time.
Around the league
Dallas hired Rich Bisaccia as special teams coach three weeks after he joined the Auburn staff in a similar capacity. Cincinnati signed linebacker Aaron Maybin to a reserve-future contract. The Giants signed tight end Jamie Childers, cornerback Buddy Jackson and kicker-punter Jake Rogers to reserve-future contracts.