On Tuesday, linebacker Ahmad Brooks became the eighth member of the 49ers originally selected to the Pro Bowl to opt out of going to Hawaii for the game.
That was the entire contingent of 49ers players invited to the game, but San Francisco fans looking for a reason to watch the game should be pleased to know that there will be a 49er in Oahu. Safety Eric Reid will cap his rookie season with a trip to the Pro Bowl after being added to the game on Tuesday.
Reid, the 18th pick in the 2013 draft, tweeted that he’d rather be heading to New York but the Seahawks win last Sunday means that Kam Chancellor is making that trip. That opened up the spot for Reid, who had 77 tackles and four interceptions in his rookie season.
Tight end Vernon Davis, running back Frank Gore, guard Mike Iupati, tackle Joe Staley, defensive tackle Justin Smith, linebacker NaVorro Bowman and linebacker Patrick Willis were the other 49ers to bow out of the game.