SANTA CLARA -- In a twisted way, the 49ers' loss Sunday was Eric Reid's gain. The rookie free safety is going to the Pro Bowl as a replacement for the Seattle Seahawks' Kam Chancellor, who's Super Bowl-bound thanks to a 23-17, NFC-title win over the 49ers.

"Would much rather be headed to New York but Hawaii isn't bad. #ProBowl!!" Reid tweeted Tuesday.

Reid, the 49ers' first-round draft pick last year, stands to be the team's only representative in Sunday's Pro Bowl in Honolulu.

Earlier Tuesday, Ahmad Brooks joined the 49ers' other seven (initial) Pro Bowl honorees in forgoing the all-star game because of an unspecified injury.

A day after Brooks spoke about plans to indeed fly out Tuesday morning for his first Pro Bowl, he was replaced on the NFC's roster by the Washington Redskins' Brian Orakpo, according to the league's Web site.

Vernon Davis will be replaced by retiring Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez. Davis said Monday it was "too soon" to go on the Hawaiian holiday and that he had "nicks."

Other 49ers bypassing their Pro Bowl invitations are running back Frank Gore (fractured finger), guard Mike Iupati (fractured fibula), left tackle Joe Staley (dislocated right thumb), defensive tackle Justin Smith (shoulder) and linebackers NaVorro Bowman (left knee) and Patrick Willis (unspecified injury), though he dealt with a broken hand and pulled groin.



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