It's tough to swallow, but Browns safety Tashaun Gipson is going to play it safe and miss this weekend's Pro Bowl in Arizona because of a knee injury.
"First want to thank GOD for the blessing of being a Pro Bowler," Gipson wrote from his Twitter account. "I also want to thank the fans that voted countless times helping along the way. But unfortunately I will not be PLAYING in the game Sunday my first pro bowl!! Thank everyone for the support!"
Gipson injured his right knee Nov. 23 against the Atlanta Falcons. Even though he missed the last five games of the season, Gipson finished tied for second in the NFL with six interceptions.
The 24-year-old undrafted product out of Wyoming has been in out of the Browns facility all offseason rehabbing his knee. He also is finishing up his communication degree and will be walking across the stage in May.
Gipson still plans on attending the festivities in Arizona, and he will be alongside his mentor, Donte Whitner. The 29-year-old veteran was named to the Pro Bowl on Monday, replacing Super Bowl bound Seattle Seahawk Earl Thomas.
Whitner had words of encouragement for Gipson in the following tweet.
We will have coverage from Arizona beginning on Wednesday.