49ers, Raiders well-represented at Pro Bowl

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49ers, Raiders well-represented at Pro Bowl

The 49ers and Raiders will be well-represented at the 2012 Pro Bowl. Players were announced Tuesday for the 43-man rosters for the AFC and NFC squads.

San Francisco placed eight players on the roster: Patrick Willis, Justin Smith, Joe Staley, Andy Lee, David Akers and Carlos Rogers as starters, with Frank Gore and Dashon Goldson as reserves.

Willis is the first 49ers player to make it to the Pro Bowl in each of his first five seasons. He ranks second on the team with 115 tackles, with two sacks, one interception, a career-high four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 12 passes defensed.

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Oakland will send a three players to the game, led by kicker Sebastian Janikowski. Also selected for the Raiders were Richard Seymour and Shane Lechler.

Janikowski is the Raiders' all-time leading scorer with 1,257 points. Last season he was named a Pro Bowl alternate. He tied an NFL record with a 63-yard field goal just before the halftime in the 2011 season opener at Denver. Janikowski connected on a team-record six field goals on Nov. 27.

Safety Tyvon Branch, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, running back Darren McFadden and fullback Marcel Reece have been named Pro Bowl alternates for the Raiders.

The game is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 29 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

AFC OFFENSEQUARTERBACKS
Tom Brady, New England
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh
Philip Rivers, San Diego
RUNNING BACKS
Ray Rice, Baltimore
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville
Arian Foster, Houston
FULLBACK
Vonta Leach, Baltimore
WIDE RECEIVER
Wes Welker, New England
Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh
A.J. Green, Cincinnati
Brandon Marshall, Miami
TIGHT END
Rob Gronkowski, New England
Antonio Gates, San Diego
TACKLE
Joe Thomas, Cleveland
Jake Long, Miami
D'Brickashaw Ferguson, N.Y. Jets
GUARD
Logan Mankins, New England
Brian Waters, New England
Marshal Yanda, Baltimore
CENTER
Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh
Nick Mangold, N.Y. Jets

AFC DEFENSEDEFENSIVE END
Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis
Andre Carter, New England
Elvis Dumervil, Denver
INTERIOR LINEMEN
Haloti Ngata, Baltimore
Vince Wilfork, New England
Richard Seymour, Oakland
OUTSIDE LINEBACKER
Terrell Suggs, Baltimore
Von Miller, Denver
Tamba Hali, Kansas City
INSIDEMIDDLE LINEBACKER
Ray Lewis, Baltimore
Derrick Johnson, Kansas City
CORNERBACK
Darrelle Revis, N.Y. Jets
Champ Bailey, Denver
Johnathan Joseph, Houston
FREE SAFETY
Ed Reed, Baltimore
Eric Weddle, San Diego
STRONG SAFETY
Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh

AFC SPECIAL TEAMSPUNTERShane Lechler, Raiders
PLACEKICKER
Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders
KICK RETURNER
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh
SPECIAL TEAMER
Matthew Slater, New England

NFC OFFENSEQUARTERBACKS
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
Drew Brees, New Orleans
Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants
RUNNING BACK
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia
Matt Forte, Chicago
Frank Gore, 49ersFULLBACK
John Kuhn, Green Bay
WIDE RECEIVER
Calvin Johnson, Detroit
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona
Steve Smith, Carolina
Greg Jennings, Green Bay
TIGHT END
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans
Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta
TACKLE
Jason Peters, Philadelphia
Joe Staley, 49ers
Jermon Bushrod, New Orleans
GUARD
Jahri Evans, New Orleans
Carl Nicks, New Orleans
Davin Joseph, Tampa Bay
CENTER
Ryan Kalil, Carolina
Scott Wells, Green Bay

NFC DEFENSE
Jared Allen, Minnesota
Jason Babin, Philadelphia
Jason Pierre-Paul, N.Y. Giants

INTERIOR LINEMAN Justin Smith, 49ers
Jay Ratliff, Dallas
B.J. Raji, Green Bay
OUTSIDE LINEBACKER
DeMarcus Ware, Dallas
Clay Matthews, Green Bay
Lance Briggs, Chicago
INSIDEMIDDLE LINEBACKER Patrick Willis, 49ers
Brian Urlacher, Chicago
CORNERBACK
Charles Woodson, Green Bay
Carlos Rogers, 49ers
Charles Tillman, Chicago
FREE SAFETY
Earl Thomas, Seattle
Dashon Goldson, 49ers
STRONG SAFETY
Adrian Wilson, Arizona

NFC SPECIAL TEAMSPUNTERAndy Lee, 49ersPLACEKICKERDavid Akers, San Francisco
KICK RETURNER
Patrick Peterson, Arizona
SPECIAL TEAMER
Corey Graham, Chicago

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Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

The Raiders were pretty darn good last season. A 12-4 record proved that point. There was plenty of talent on a team with a penchant for high-wire acts in victory that masked the fact there were holes on the roster.

They need to be filled for the Raiders to improve in 2017, and new players will be imported through free agency and the draft.

Left tackle Donald Penn is excited to see who gets added, but said there’s no doubt talent is coming to Oakland. He speaks for Raiders players, who have faith that general manager Reggie McKenzie will make the right moves.

“Things that Reggie has done in past drafts have been great, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he brings back towards us,” Penn said recently during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network. “We can’t wait to get back out there healthy. We’re ready to hit the football world with a storm.”

While new guys are coming, a few might head out. The Raiders have several unrestricted free agents. Penn wants to keep his guys around – he mentioned running back Latavius Murray by name -- though he has some ideas for McKenzie’s checklist.

The Raiders don’t need much with most key players under contract – the Raiders should be less active in free agency over past offseasons – but a few key components could put this team over the top.

“If we stick to Reggie’s plan, we’ll be great,” Penn said. “I know he’s going to have a great draft, add a couple little pieces here and there – maybe somebody in the secondary to help out a little bit.

"On offense, you could always use a weapon. Maybe we get another receiver to take (pressure off Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper), but we have a good nucleus right now.”

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.

Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.

Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.

“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”

Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.

“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”