The 2014 Pro Bowl rosters have been expanded from 86 to 88 players with the addition of two punt-return specialists, the NFL announced today.
In August, the number of Pro Bowl cornerbacks was expanded from six to eight. This change will remain in effect. Return specialists had also been removed from the ballot at that point.
“Based on our ongoing conversations with the NFL Players Association, we both agreed it would be best to keep return specialists on our Pro Bowl ballot,” says Ray Anderson, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations. “The focus of these discussions has been to enhance the Pro Bowl experience for players and fans. Keeping our most exciting punt-return specialists involved in the game while providing more roster flexibility on defense will aid that effort.”