The San Francisco 49ers have several Pro Bowl-worthy candidates on this year’s roster. The 2013 All-Star teams for both the NFC and AFC will be announced on Dec. 26, but five members of this year’s club can lay claim to leading the NFC fan-vote at their respective positions.
The vote leaders, released Thursday morning by the NFL, were as follows: DT Justin Smith (257,020), LB Patrick Willis (226,791), G Mike Iupati (177,817), K David Akers (140,847) and ST C.J. Spillman (89,797).
Smith, in particular, will be a much-discussed player this week. The 49ers defensive co-captain is nursing an elbow injury and has not practiced yet this week. Smith might not play against Seattle as discussed by Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle.
Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News looked at San Francisco’s task of shutting down Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee examined how the 49ers will deal with Seattle’s well-known crowd noise.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com looked at the mid-week injury reports for both teams.
Kyle Bonagura of CBSSports.com doesn’t think Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll will be exchanging Christmas cards this year.
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