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2012 Pro Bowl rosters to be announced tonight

NFL players and fans today will learn the outcome of the 2012 Pro Bowl selection process as the 43-man rosters for the AFC and NFC squads will be announced at 7 p.m. on the NFL Network.

Fan voting closed last Monday, and coaches and players cast their votes last Wednesday and Thursday. Each group’s votes count for a third of the total vote, and from there, the rosters are drawn up.

At the close of fan voting, the Redskins had only one player in the top five, that being outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, who ranked third at his position in votes. And last week, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said that he believed linebacker Lorenzo Alexander deserved to be a shoo-in as a special teams selection.

Inside linebacker London Fletcher leads the NFL with 163 tackles — 18 more than Cleveland’s D’Qwell Jackson of the AFC, and 19 more than the NFC’s second-place tackler, Minnesota’s Chad Greenway.

But San Francisco’s Patrick Willis led all inside linebackers with 417,923 votes from the fans. It’s unknown how the players and coaches have voted.

Fletcher — who has made the Pro Bowl twice, but as a replacement for an injured player each time — admitted that the outcome looms in the back of his mind and that it’d be nice to receive an outright selection.

“You think about it a little bit. But those things aren’t really in my control,” Fletcher said last week.

He later added: “To finally [be selected] would say, my peers and the fans and the coaches finally get it. Like I say, I lead the league in tackles, I’m a part of a defense that I think is ranked pretty high in the NFC, as well — there’s a lot of good players in this league, a lot of good players at my position, but I definitely feel pretty good.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.


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