The NFL announced that San Francisco 49ers linebacker Fred Warner has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week following the team's 37-8 victory over the Green Bay Packers in Week 12. It is his first time earning the honor.


Warner racked up 11 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble against the Packers and now has 81 tackles, three sacks, four passes defensed, and three forced fumbles through 11 games this season.

"Fred got to play a ton and exceeded expectations, I think, with everyone his first year," head coach Kyle Shanahan said of Warner on Monday. "Then he was just even more hungry, came back like a 10-year vet, and came back better mentally, better physically, and I think it's shown to everyone in every game."

The 49ers made Warner a third-round draft pick out of BYU in 2018.

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