Friday, December 27, 2013
Pro Bowl selections: Dallas Cowboys
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- For the second time in three years the Dallas Cowboys have only two Pro Bowl selections with Tyron Smith and Dez Bryant earning their first trips.
Bryant has 85 catches for 1,134 yards and 12 touchdowns, matching last year’s total scores. Smith has been a stalwart on the offensive line and blossomed as the season as gone on as a pass protector and run blocker.
Bryant and Smith earned their trips, but the Cowboys had some other players who could have paid a visit to Hawaii in February, and some could be added as alternates as the game gets closer.
Kicker Dan Bailey has missed only two field goal attempts on the season, making 17 in a row. He has made 25 of 27 attempts after making 29 of 31 tries last season. A Pro Bowl bid would look good on his resume as the Cowboys look to sign him to a long-term contract, but the club is more than aware of his value.
Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher has a career-high nine sacks but has gone the last four games without a sack. Hatcher had at least one sack in six of his first nine games but a stinger cost him one game and some strength.
Tight end Jason Witten has played in eight prior Pro Bowls and has 61 catches for 716 yards and eight touchdowns. He had an NFL record 110 catches in 2012. Only two tight ends have more touchdown catches than Witten this season.
Tony Romo had a Pro Bowl season with 3,828 yards, 31 touchdown passes and only 10 interceptions, but would not have been able to play in the game anyway with the news of Friday’s back surgery.
DeMarcus Ware had his Pro Bowl streak snapped at seven. For the first time since his rookie year, Ware did not earn a trip to the Pro Bowl. Ware, who was selected but did not play last year because of shoulder surgery, has six sacks this year and has been slowed by nagging injuries for most of the season. He is questionable for Sunday’s game because of an elbow injury that kept him out of Friday’s practice.
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