Washington Redskins starting ILB London Fletcher and OLB Brian Orakpo have been named to the NFC Pro Bowl roster.
Fletcher replaces Chicago Bears starting MLB Brian Urlacher, who is believed to have suffered an unspecified injury during the NFC Championship Game.
This will be Fletcher’s second trip to the Pro Bowl. In 2010, he led the Redskins in tackles, with 188 (135 solo). Fletcher also amassed 2.5 sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles and set a career-high with three fumble recoveries. He is currently tied for the longest consecutive games played streak (208) in the NFL with Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Ronde Barber and Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning. With 167 consecutive starts, he is third among all NFL players in consecutive starts behind Manning (208) and Barber (183). Fletcher has the longest consecutive starts streak among active linebackers by 71 games over Dallas Cowboys ILB Bradie James (96).
“I am extremely honored to play in the Pro Bowl,” Fletcher said. “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.”
Orakpo will replace Green Bay Packers OLB Clay Matthews, who will be playing in Super Bowl XLV.
In 2010, Orakpo led the team with 8.5 sacks. Coupled with the 11 sacks he had in 2009, Orakpo is the first Redskin since Ken Harvey from 1996-97 to register at least eight sacks in consecutive seasons. In addition, Orakpo totaled 78 tackles (62 solo), one forced fumble and 47 quarterback hurries. Orakpo also earned a Pro Bowl berth as a rookie last season.
“It’s great to get to go to the Pro Bowl again in just my second season in the league,” Orakpo said. “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.”
Fletcher and Orakpo will join Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall on the NFC roster.