The Redskins' defense was the second-worst in the league in terms of yards per game, yet it will have three representatives when the NFC Pro Bowlers take the field next Sunday in Hawaii. That's because a pair of Washington defenders were late additions to the roster, replacing two players who had to bow out.
Redskins LBs Brian Orakpo and London Fletcher were added to the roster, replacing Packers OLB Clay Matthews and Bears MLB Brian Urlacher. Matthews will be preparing for the Super Bowl this week, while Urlacher will miss the Pro Bowl because of injury. Washington CB DeAngelo Hall was already on the NFC roster.
"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."
Said Orakpo: "It's great to get to go to the Pro Bowl again in just my second season in the league. I am excited about going to Hawaii, where the Pro Bowl has been for so many years. Last year was fun, but it will be special getting to play in Hawaii. I want to thank all my teammates and coaches for helping me get here, and I also want to thank all of the fans who voted for me."
Orakpo had 56 tackles and nine sacks for the 'Skins this season. Fletcher led the team with 136 tackles.