The Ravens' contingent at Sunday's Pro Bowl game in Honolulu, Hawaii keeps shrinking by the day.
Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and safety Ed Reed have become the latest Ravens to pull out of the game, leaving them with four representatives instead of the original number of eight.
Ngata has been hampered by a thigh injury that didn't force him to miss any games, but team officials believed that it significantly affected his performance down the stretch. Reed dealt with shoulder/neck issues much of the season and then hurt his ankle in the Ravens' divisional playoff victory over the Houston Texans.
Ngata was replaced on the AFC roster by Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Soliai while Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark will go in place of Reed.
On Monday, the day after the Ravens' 23-20 season-ending loss to the New England Patriots, running back Ray Rice (family matter) and linebacker Terrell Suggs (undisclosed injury) withdrew from the game.
Suggs was replaced by Steelers linebacker James Harrison, and San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews will take Rice's place.
Barring any more withdrawals, that means that the Ravens will be represented in Hawaii by fullback Vonta Leach, guards Marshal Yanda and Ben Grubbs, and middle linebacker Ray Lewis.
Grubbs was a late addition to the team after Logan Mankins pulled out with the Patriots preparing this week for the Super Bowl. Yanda and Grubbs will be the two starting guards for the AFC team.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times