Joe Staley will make his sixth Pro Bowl appearance on Sunday, joining teammate Kyle Juszczyk at the game in Orlando. Staley made the Pro Bowl each year from 2011-15.
Pro Bowlers from the Super Bowl squads, the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots, do not play in the annual all-star event. That means Eagles tackle Lane Johnson will not take part. Neither will Dallas Cowboys’ tackle Tyron Smith, who is dealing with an injury. According to the 49ers, Staley officially is taking Smith’s spot.
Staley, who is the longest-tenured 49er, recently completed his 11th season. He missed one start with a broken orbital bone and, like many of his teammates, was particularly good in the team’s last five games, all victories.
Staley, who will be 34 for the start of next season, has said he wants to continue to play. He’s missed just four starts in the last seven seasons and is under contract -- at below-market salaries of $4.8 million in base pay -- through the 2019 season.