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49ers' Warner, Juszczyk, Williams named to NFC Pro Bowl team

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Linebacker Fred Warner, who has garnered glowing praise from players and coaches of the 49ers and opponents alike, was selected Monday to his first Pro Bowl.

Warner joins 49ers teammates fullback Kyle Juszczyk and left tackle Trent Williams on the NFC Pro Bowl team, the NFL announced.

Warner, Juszczyk and Williams have supplied some of the rare highlights for the 49ers, who have a 5-9 record and were officially eliminated Sunday from playoff contention. Juszczyk and Williams were listed as starters, while Warner is the backup to Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner.

Warner, a third-year professional, was named as an alternate for last year's NFC Pro Bowl team. He leads the 49ers with 101 tackles. He also has two interceptions, three passes defensed and a fumble recovery.

Juszczyk was selected to his fifth Pro Bowl, including each of his four seasons with the 49ers. Juszczyk has scored a career-high four touchdowns this season -- two rushing and two receiving.

Williams was chosen to his eighth Pro Bowl. His first seven selections came during his nine seasons with Washington. The 49ers acquired Williams in a trade to replace All-Decade left tackle Joe Staley, who announced his retirement in April.

Juszczyk and Williams are scheduled to be two of the 49ers' top unrestricted free agents at the end of the season.

There were no players selected as alternates for the Pro Bowl because the NFL announced in October that the 2021 Pro Bowl game would not be played due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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The Pro Bowl was originally scheduled to be played on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas. The game next season was awarded back to Las Vegas for January 2022.

Juszczyk, George Kittle, Nick Bosa and Richard Sherman were chosen to the NFC Pro Bowl team last year but none of them played in the game as the 49ers advanced to the Super Bowl.

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Kittle made the Pro Bowl the past two years but has been limited to just six games this season due to knee and foot injuries. He has 37 receptions for 474 yards and two touchdowns this season. He returned to practice last week after sustaining a broken cuboid bone in his foot on Nov. 1.

Bosa, who was chosen to the Pro Bowl in his rookie season, sustained a season-ending torn ACL in the 49ers' second game of this season. He was the consensus NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2019.

Sherman missed nine games this season with a calf injury. He is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Sherman, who was chosen to the NFL All-Decade team of the 2010s, is a five-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time Pro Bowl pick.