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49ers' three Pro Bowl alternates

December, 29, 2009
Defensive end Justin Smith and special-teams member Michael Robinson are second alternates to the Pro Bowl in the NFC. Frank Gore is a first alternate.

That is the word from Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.

Smith plays at a high level. He set a fast pace this season and I'm not sure he maintained it all the way through. He also will not get the sack numbers playing defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. He's still a very good player and worthy of consideration. He gives Arizona problems in particular.

Dockett, Fitzgerald: Pro Bowl starters

December, 29, 2009
Cardinals teammates Darnell Dockett and Larry Fitzgerald used their Twitter accounts recently to say they have been named Pro Bowl starters for the NFC.

Dockett weighs in here. Fitzgerald makes his announcement here.

The NFL plans to announce full rosters in the next couple hours.

With Dockett starting, that means at least one member of the Williams Wall in Minnesota did not get the call as a starter.

This is a big deal for Dockett. He is deserving, too, with 7.0 sacks, an interception and consistently disruptive play. Think he'll mention the honor during future contract negotiations?