NaVorro Bowman, who missed the 2014 season because of a career-threatening knee injury suffered during the previous NFC Championship Game, not only returned in full force for the 49ers in 2015, he returned to his status as one of the best inside linebackers in the NFL.
Bowman on Tuesday evening was named to the Pro Bowl for the third time in his career.
San Francisco teammate and offensive tackle Joe Staley was named to the Pro Bowl for the fifth consecutive season, and offensive guard Alex Boone, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 15 against the Cleveland Browns, was named as an alternate for the 49ers (4-10).
Raiders veteran safety Charles Woodson, who announced his retirement Monday evening after 18 seasons in the league, was named to the Pro Bowl with linebacker Khalil Mack and fullback Marcel Reece.
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It’s Woodson’s ninth selection to the Pro Bowl and first since he played with the Green Bay Packers in 2011. He made the Pro Bowl in his first four seasons with the Raiders, beginning in 1998. He will play in his final home game in Oakland on Thursday night against the visiting San Diego Chargers.
It’s the first time the Raiders (6-8) will send more than just one representative since the 2011 season.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper and running back Latavius Murray were named to the alternate team.
The Pro Bowl will be played Jan. 31 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.