SANTA CLARA — Linebacker Ahmad Brooks likely will be the 49ers' only participant in Sunday's Pro Bowl, as seven of his teammates are expected to decline their invitations to the NFL's annual all-star game in Honolulu.
Tight end Vernon Davis, running back Frank Gore, left tackle Joe Staley, guard Mike Iupati, defensive tackle Justin Smith and linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman also were selected last month as the 49ers matched Kansas City with a league-high eight Pro Bowlers.
"I guess I'll be representing us," Brooks, a first-time Pro Bowler, said Monday while players cleared out their lockers after Sunday's 23-17, NFC Championship loss at Seattle.
Bowman and Iupati can't attend after sustaining serious injuries Sunday. Bowman apparently sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and Iupati fractured his left ankle. Both were seen on crutches Monday.
Staley also got hurt Sunday, sustaining compound dislocation of his right thumb in the first quarter. He needed four stitches to close the wound and played through the injury, missing only one snap.
Davis, despite making only one previous Pro Bowl, showed no interest in rushing to Hawaii to attend Tuesday's mandatory meetings. "That's too soon," Davis said. "I also have nicks and nags that I'm dealing with, and that's another reason."
Brooks said Smith, Willis and Gore planned on skipping the Pro Bowl. The 49ers had several players selected last month as alternates: wide receiver Anquan Boldin, guard Alex Boone, free safety Eric Reid, punter Andy Lee and special-teams ace C.J. Spillman.
For the first time in Pro Bowl history, players will be assigned to a team in a Wednesday draft headed by Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders.