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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Bryant runs NFC West awards count to 16

By Mike Sando

The NFC West ran its conference-leading count to 16 weekly award winners Thursday.

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant, whose blocked field goal enabled Richard Sherman's touchdown return during a 42-13 victory over San Francisco, has been named the NFC's special-teams player of the week.

Bryant blocked three field goals and an extra point last season.

Atlanta's Matt Ryan (offense) and Chicago's Julius Peppers (defense) won the other NFC awards this week. They beat out NFC West nominees Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and Sherman.

Recapping NFC West honors to this point in the season: Note: The 49ers' Aldon Smith was also defensive player of the month for November.