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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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Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders cornerback Sean Smith has been charged with assault, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.

The charge is for assault of his sister's boyfriend in Smith's hometown of Pasadena. Smith allegedly beat and stomped the boyfriend's head on the morning of July 4, 2017 in Old Town Pasadena, the district attorney said.

Smith faces formal felony counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury to the victim.

The 30-year old plans to fight the charges levied against him. 

"Sean maintains his innocence at this time," Smith's attorney, Daniel Rosenberg told NBC Sports Califorinia on Thursday evening. "We are going to be entering a plea of not guilty and fighting these charges."

A warrant was filed on Aug. 16. Smith's arriagnment is scheduled for Sept. 29. 

Smith was not present at Thursday's Raiders practice, the last session of training camp. He surrendered to Los Angeles County authorities, posted an $80,000 bond and has been released from custody.

If convicted as charged, Smith could face a maximum sentence of seven years in California prison. 

A Raiders spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The case is still under investigation by the Pasadena Police Department. 

This is another blow in a rough summer for Smith. He has struggled on the practice field during training camp and faces an off-field legal issue. Smith is guaranteed $9.5 million for the 2017 season. 

More to come...

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

NAPA – Marshawn Lynch spoke with the media Thursday for the second time as a Raider. He was quick-witted, disarming and, as always, not suitable for work.

It was five minutes of peak Marshawn, where he brought light to his charitable endeavors, called himself the “daddy” of his position group and cleverly sidestepped all things nation anthem.

He was asked four questions on other topics before elephant in the room was mentioned. It didn’t stick around long.

“I think the elephant left the room because a little mouse ran in here,” Lynch deadpanned. “Didn’t they say elephants are scared of mice or something? That [expletive] left the room, cousin.”

[RATTO: Lynch reminds media how much control he exerts over any interaction]

Two more related questions came down the pike. The first was about Del Rio letting players be themselves. He answered a different question instead.

“Yeah, because on ‘doctor-24,’ it’s a designed way that you’re supposed to run it but I have all freedom to go any way that I choose to run it,” Lynch said. “I would say, yes.”

The final anthem-esque query was deflected in a similar fashion.

“When we run ‘74’ or something like that, where I have to scan and read on both sides, that is pretty difficult. For the most part, I’m a veteran so I can make it work.”

Two things were crystal clear after speaking with Lynch.

He didn’t miss football one bit during his year in retirement. Lynch said this spring he decided to return after the Raiders were approved to relocate away from his native Oakland. He wants to represent his hometown well and give them something to cheer before the team leaves for Las Vegas.

That’s why he’s fired up even for Saturday’s exhibition against the Rams – he’s expected to make a cameo in that game – his first in Oakland wearing silver and black.

“It’s truly a blessing and just to have the opportunity to go and do that is a good [expletive] feeling,” Lynch said. “It’s a good [expletive] feeling.”

Lynch has always been active in the community, and hopes him playing here will bring more visibility to what’s being done to help kids in Oakland.

“I plan on continuing to do what I do in the community,” Lynch said. “It’ll probably be that now that I’m here, more people that are in the community might actually come out and support what it is that we’ve got going on.”