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Monday, January 16, 2012
DeMarcus Ware, 3 rookies honored

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- DeMarcus Ware can add another honor to his list by being named to the Pro Football Weekly All-NFL team for the third time in his career.

Ware had 19.5 sacks, which was second in the NFL to Minnesota’s Jared Allen.

The Cowboys landed three players on the PFW All-Rookie team with running back DeMarco Murray, right tackle Tyron Smith and kicker Dan Bailey.

Murray’s season was cut short on Dec. 11 against the New York Giants because of a fractured ankle but the third-round pick finished with 897 yards on 164 carries with two touchdowns. He also caught 26 passes for 183 yards.

Smith, the No. 9 overall pick from Southern Cal, was a starter from the first day of training camp. He played so well he could be moved to left tackle in 2012.

Bailey, an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma State, made 32 of 37 field goal attempts on the season. Only three rookies in league history had more: Ali Haji-Shiekh of the New York Giants in 1983 (35), Dallas’ Richie Cunningham (34) in 1997 and Green Bay’s Chester Marcol (33) in 1972. Bailey made 26 straight at one point.