Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher, snubbed for the Pro Bowl last month despite leading the NFL in tackles, will appear in the annual all-star game anyway after making the squad as an alternate.
Fletcher, who just completed his 14th season, tweeted Monday morning, “Aloha! Officially added to the pro bowl roster today.” He will replace Chicago’s Brian Urlacher, who suffered a knee injury in the Bears’ season-ending game against Minnesota.
Fletcher was overlooked for the Pro Bowl for most of his career, but he broke through three seasons ago. This will be his third straight appearance. He was credited with a career-high 166 tackles this season, an average of more than 10 per game. He also forced three fumbles, grabbed two interceptions and was in on one-and-a-half sacks.
Fletcher, who will turn 37 in May, is about to become a free agent, though both he and Redskins officials have said they would like to work out a new deal. Unless there are more injuries, he will be the only Redskin in the Jan. 29 Pro Bowl, which will be held in Honolulu.