The Washington Times - January 20, 2013, 06:29PM

Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher is positioned to play in his fourth straight Pro Bowl on Jan. 27 after San Francisco won the NFC championship game Sunday. An official announcement is expected this week.

Fletcher is a first alternate to the NFL’s annual all-star game, according to a team source with knowledge of the situation who requested anonymity because the team did not publicize the specific alternate status of its players.


San Francisco inside linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman were named Pro Bowl starters, but players whose team qualifies for the Super Bowl don’t play in the Pro Bowl because the Pro Bowl precedes the Super Bowl by a week.

Fletcher, 37, has been an alternate to the Pro Bowl each time he has played in it. NFL statisticians credited him this season with 139 tackles, sixth-most in the NFC. His five interceptions led all NFL linebackers.

Each of San Francisco’s league-high nine Pro Bowlers will miss the game. Running back Frank Gore’s absence opens a spot, but Tampa Bay rookie Doug Martin was named a first alternate over Redskins rookie Alfred Morris. Morris is a second alternate, according to a team source.