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Trent Williams selected to represent Redskins in Pro Bowl

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Trent Williams was the only player selected to represent the Washington Redskins in the Pro Bowl in January, which, for the first time, will not pit the two conferences against each other but instead include a fantasy sports-style draft between honorary captains Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders.

Williams, the Redskins’ starting left tackle, was chosen to play for the first time last season but was unable to do so after he was attacked in a Honolulu nightclub earlier that week. A league investigation cleared Williams of any wrongdoing, but after being restricted to the sidelines for the game, he set his sights before the season on actually being able to play in the game this year.

“I mean, it’s always a thing you would like to accomplish at the end of the season, but just with the type of season that we had, it’s kind of hard to focus on that,” Williams said Friday afternoon, before he found out about his selection. “We just had so many things to focus on, things not going our way, you know? I mean, I didn’t think about it as much as I did last year. It’d always be good if I could reach that type of accomplishment, but it’s hard to really place that much importance on it.”

Among the Redskins players not making the initial selection are wide receiver Pierre Garçon and running back Alfred Morris. Garçon had the best case of all Redskins players: His 107 catches, for 1,290 yards, are the most in the league with one game remaining. Morris ranks fifth in the league in rushing with 1,213 yards through 15 games.

But Garçon, Morris, cornerback DeAngelo Hall and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo are alternates, meaning they will be selected to fill in for other players if they are unable to play because they are injured or they are playing in the Super Bowl the following week.

“I don’t want to downplay it – it would be a nice feat to make it, to be a Pro Bowl selection – but at the same time, I really don’t care,” Morris said Friday, before he knew of his selection. “I just wish we had a better season. I wish we played in the postseason, and I wouldn’t have to worry about it.”

Linebacker London Fletcher, who announced last week he will be retiring after the season, was not among the players initially selected to play in the game. Fletcher has played in the last four games and is in his 16th season, and seventh with the Redskins.

Rice and Sanders will draft their teams in an NFL Network special on Jan. 22.

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