The NFL and NFLPA are billing the modified Pro Bowl as "the ultimate fan-friendly celebration of the game" but Devin Hester says he never has seen a football game begin without a kickoff.

Kickoffs have been removed from the league's all-star game and captains now will select the teams after players from both conferences are voted into the event as usual. There no longer will be a spot for return specialists as an extra defensive back for each team will replace them.

That means Hester a three-time Pro Bowl performer and the NFL record holder for combined career kick return touchdowns will not be getting an expenses-paid trip to Hawaii after the season no matter how well he does in his new role for the Bears as strictly a returner.

"That was one of my goals for this season" Hester said. "I won't make the Pro Bowl. They can't do that."

While kickoffs have been removed (the team with the ball will begin on its own 25-yard line) there still will be kickers for field goals and extra points. Punters also will be in the game but the teams — which now will be determined via a draft of the players voted into the game — will have to use a player voted in at a skill position to field punts. Typically there are not many punts in the Pro Bowl.

"If you are taking the returner out of the Pro Bowl you're taking two positions out." Hester said. "That will suck for me. They are trying to change up the whole game of football and they're messing with people's jobs and lives."

Moving parts: The Bears got to their third and fourth options at left tackle as Jermon Bushrod (right calf) remained in a walking boot and his replacement Jonathan Scott was on the sideline with ice on his right knee. Cory Brandon got the first looks with the starters but veteran Eben Britton primarily a guard and right tackle in his career spent the most time there.