And then there were seven. The 49ers announced this morning that two defensive starters, safety Dashon Goldson and cornerback Carlos Rogers, will not take part in the Pro Bowl because of injuries. Goldson was battling an ankle injury over the last two games. Rogers had played through a knee injury that began bothering him at midseason.
Both players were voted to the Pro Bowl for the first time this year, and both are pending free agents who likely want to be at full strength when free agency begins March 13. Throughout the year, Rogers has talked about how much he wants to return to the 49ers. Goldson, meanwhile, turned down a multi-year offer from the 49ers last offseason, didn't receive the offers he was looking for on the open market and returned to the 49ers on a modest, one-year deal.
Goldson and Rogers tied for the team lead with six interceptions, but both had dubious stretches in Sunday's loss to the Giants. Rogers was unable to cover New York receiver Victor Cruz in the first half and needed help from the safety (mostly Goldson) in the second half. Meanwhile, Goldson collided with 49ers' cornerbacks on two would-be interceptions, knocking starter Tarell Brown from the game on one of them. The Giants' second touchdown came against Brown's replacement, Tramaine Brock.
Longsnapper Brian Jennings was added to the Pro Bowl roster yesterday. The others who are currently scheduled to attend are: kicker David Akers, punter Andy Lee, running back Frank Gore, defensive end Justin Smith, tackle Joe Staley and linebacker Patrick Willis.
-- Matt Barrows