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Players to go hard at Pro Bowl, but ...

HONOLULU — Texans star running back Arian Foster said players are going to step up at the Pro Bowl on Sunday but don't expect 100 percent effort.

"This isn't basketball," he said Friday. "You can't go play a pickup game of football."

Commissioner Roger Goodell made it clear the all-star game won't be played going forward if it's second-rate football. But Foster said if the NFL expects 100 percent effort from its stars, the game likely will be scrapped.

"I think it's an honor and a tradition," he said. "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."

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said he wants the game to continue because it allow younger players to interact with veterans.

"Don't tell me there's not great value in that conversation," he said.

"Is there monetary value in that conversation? I would argue yes. I would argue that's helping keep the NFL as great as it is, so I'd hate for it to be canceled."

Pro Bowl Redskin hit by bottle, Tasered

Redskins left tackle Trent Williams won't play in the Pro Bowl after a fight early Friday morning at a Honolulu nightclub.

Williams, 24, was not arrested, and espn.com reported he was hit by a champagne bottle and Tasered (not by police). Police said one man was arrested and more arrests are "likely." They did not say what caused the fight.

The league announced that Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil will replace Williams.

In other Pro Bowl news, Packers center Jeff Saturday said he will retire after the game. He played 14 seasons and was part of the Colts' Super Bowl title team.

Another Ex-Buc in Dallas: Rich Bisaccia resigned as Auburn's special teams coach three weeks after being hired to take the same job with the Cowboys. Bisaccia was the Bucs' special teams coach from 2002-10. He spent the past two seasons in the same position with the Chargers. In Dallas, he is reunited with new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and new defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, who held the same positions with the Bucs.

Revis interest: Several teams have talked to the Jets about trading for star corner Darrelle Revis, cbssports.com and New York's Newsday reported. Both reported the Jets want a first- and second-round pick for Revis, 27, who missed most of this season with a torn left ACL. He can become an unrestricted free agent after next season because his contract prohibits teams from designating him a franchise player.

49ers: Receiver Michael Crabtree won't face a sexual assault charge "at this time," the San Francisco District Attorney's Office said. A complaint was filed after the Jan. 12 win over Green Bay.

Lions: Receiver Titus Young, suspended by the team for several infractions during the season, continued to criticize the team via Twitter. He tweeted Tuesday that he would retire if he didn't get the ball more often. Coach Jim Schwartz responded by criticizing Young's method of communication. Young tweeted Friday: "Oh I'm not done, if y'all going to cut me let me go. I'm tired of the threats. Never needed the money. Give me a dollar and a ball bet I come back #HallofFame."

Ravens: The league fined safety Bernard Pollard $15,250 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Patriots receiver Wes Welker during the AFC title game.

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