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Fletcher, Orakpo officially added to Pro Bowl roster
Inside linebacker London Fletcher will join teammates Brian Orakpo and DeAngelo Hall in the Pro Bowl on Sunday in Hawaii, the Redskins announced this morning.
Fletcher will replace on the NFC roster Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher, who apparently suffered an injury during yesterday’s NFC championship game.
Orakpo replaces Green Bay outside linebacker Clay Matthews, who is ineligible for the game because his team qualified for the Super Bowl. Hall, a cornerback, was the only member of the trio who was voted into the game.
“I am extremely honored to play in the Pro Bowl,” Fletcher said in a statement released by the team. “I am very excited to make the trip to Hawaii. I would like to thank all of my teammates, coaches, fans and everyone else who played a part in getting me here.”
This is Fletcher’s second straight Pro Bowl appearance. His berth as an alternate last year ended a 12-year wait to play in the league’s annual all-star game.
Fletcher played valiantly this season through the Redskins’ growing pains in their new 3-4 defense. He contended with more offensive linemen this year but made plays and didn’t complain about the obstacles that the new scheme presented.
According to statistics on NFL.com, Fletcher had 136 tackles. His 2.5 sacks were his most since 2005. His three forced fumbles were his most since 2001. He broke up a career-high 11 passes.
At age 35 (he’ll turn 36 in May), Fletcher hasn’t showed signs of slowing down. Next season is the final year of his contract, and it would not be surprising this offseason if the Redskins extend his deal to ensure he finished his career in Washington.
“Those things kind of take care of themselves,” Fletcher said the day after the Redskins’ season finale.
“I still can play at a high level. The thing that I have not lost is my desire to compete at an All-Pro level. That’s one of the things I pride myself in. As far as the organization goes, we’ll cross that bridge when it’s time.”