2012 NFL PRO BOWL: Jason Witten, DeMarcus Ware will represent the Dallas Cowboys in Hawaii

2012 NFL Pro Bowl - Dallas Cowboys - The Boys Are Back blog

Receiver Dez Bryant might get to the Pro Bowl yet, but he’ll have to have one of the four players named Wednesday to pull out to get the chance to go to Hawaii. Bryant said earlier Wednesday he would be "happy, who wouldn’t be" with a Pro Bowl nod.

Instead, Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Julio Jones, and Victor Cruz were the choices on the initial list released Wednesday night. Players whose teams make the Super Bowl do not play in the Pro Bowl, which is the week before the Super Bowl.

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) exhorts teammates in the bench area during a a break - The Boys Are Back blog

Linebacker DeMarcus Ware and tight end Jason Witten were the two Cowboys named to the Pro Bowl. Ware made his seventh all-star team and Witten his eighth.

Bryant was left off despite ranking third among NFC wideouts with 88 catches and fourth in yards with 1,311. His 12 touchdowns ranks second among NFC wideouts. Balloting for players and coaches took place last week, though, before Bryant had nine catches for 224 yards and two touchdowns against the Saints.

Witten and Ware were the only Cowboys who ranked in the top five in fan balloting. Witten was third and Ware second at their respective positions.

Witten has set the NFL record for most catches in a single season for a tight end with 103. Witten was left off the Pro Bowl roster last season, passed over by Tony Gonzalez and Jimmy Graham.

“It is always an honor to get voted, especially when a portion of the vote comes from your peers around the league," Witten said in a statement released by the Cowboys. "I have a lot of respect for this league and the players that make up this league. I know how many great players there are around the NFL, and to be selected is very humbling.”

Dallas Cowboys team captain DeMarcus Ware fires up teammates - The Boys Are Back blog

Ware has only 11.5 sacks this season, tying him for third in the NFC. He might not play in the game, because of injuries he has played through this season.

“What an honor and privilege it is to be voted to the Pro Bowl by the fans, coaches and players around the league," Ware said in a statement released by the Cowboys. "I know how difficult it is to make it to the game, and I appreciate the support from everyone. I look forward to not only representing the NFC, but also the entire Dallas Cowboys organization.”

Outside linebacker Anthony Spencer and kicker Dan Bailey were the other Cowboys deserving of the honor.

NFL 2012 Pro Bowl Roster – By position

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AFC
Offense
Position Player(s)
Quarterback *-Peyton Manning, Denver
Tom Brady, New England
Matt Schaub
, Houston
Running back *Arian Foster, Houston
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City
Ray Rice
, Baltimore
Fullback *-Vonta Leach, Baltimore
Wide receiver *-A.J. Green, Cincinnati
*-
Andre Johnson, Houston
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis
Wes Welker
, New England
Tight end *-Rob Gronkowski, New England
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh
Tackle *-Joe Thomas, Cleveland
*-
Duane Brown, Houston
Ryan Clady
, Denver
Guard *-Logan Mankins, New England
*-
Marshal Yanda, Baltimore
Wade Smith
, Houston
Center *-Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh
Chris Myers
, Houston
Defense
Position Player(s)
Defensive end *-J.J. Watt, Houston
*-
Cameron Wake, Miami
Elvis Dumervil
, Denver
Interior linemen *-Geno Atkins, Cincinnati
*-
Vince Wilfork, New England
Haloti Ngata
, Baltimore
Outside linebacker *-Von Miller, Denver
*-
Tamba Hali, Kansas City
Robert Mathis
, Indianapolis
Inside/Middle linebacker *-Jerod Mayo, New England
Derrick Johnson
, Kansas City
Cornerback *-Champ Bailey, Denver
*-
Johnathan Joseph, Houston
Antonio Cromartie, N.Y. 
Jets
Free safety *-Ed Reed, Baltimore
Strong safety *-Eric Berry, Kansas City
LaRon Landry, N.Y. 
Jets
Special teams
Position Player(s)
Punter Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City
Placekicker Phil Dawson, Cleveland
Kick returner Jacoby Jones, Baltimore
Special-teamer Matthew Slater, New England
Long snapper TBA
 
NFC
Offense
Position Player(s)
Quarterback *-Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
Matt Ryan, Atlanta
Robert Griffin III
, Washington
Running back *-Adrian Peterson, Minnesota
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle
Frank Gore
, San Francisco
Fullback *-Jerome Felton, Minnesota
Wide receiver *-Calvin Johnson, Detroit
*-Brandon Marshall, Chicago

Julio Jones, Atlanta
Victor Cruz, N.Y. 
Giants
Tight end *-Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta
Jason Witten
, Dallas
Tackle *-Joe Staley, San Francisco
*-
Russell Okung, Seattle
Trent Williams
, Washington
Guard *-Mike Iupati, San Francisco
*-
Jahri Evans, New Orleans
Chris Snee, N.Y. 
Giants
Center *-Max Unger, Seattle
Jeff Saturday
, Green Bay
Defense
Position Player(s)
Defensive end *-Jason Pierre-Paul, N.Y. Giants
*-Julius Peppers, Chicago
Jared Allen
, Minnesota
Interior linemen *-Justin Smith, San Francisco
*-
Henry Melton, Chicago
Gerald McCoy
, Tampa Bay
Outside linebacker *-Aldon Smith, San Francisco
*-
DeMarcus Ware, Dallas
Clay Matthews
, Green Bay
Inside/Middle linebacker *-Patrick Willis, San Francisco
NaVorro Bowman
, San Francisco
Cornerback *-Charles Tillman, Chicago
*-
Tim Jennings, Chicago
Patrick Peterson
, Arizona
Free safety *-Dashon Goldson, San Francisco
Earl Thomas
, Seattle
Strong safety *-Donte Whitner, San Francisco
Special teams
Position Player(s)
Punter Thomas Morstead, New Orleans
Placekicker Blair Walsh, Minnesota
Kick returner Leon Washington, Seattle
Special-teamer Lorenzo Alexander, Washington
Long snapper TBA

NFL 2012 Pro Bowl Roster – By team

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AFC
Team Player(s)
Baltimore (6) Jacoby Jones, kick returner
*-
Vonta Leach, fullback
Haloti Ngata, interior lineman
*-
Ed Reed, free safety
Ray Rice, running back
*-
Marshal Yanda
, guard
Cincinnati (2) *-Geno Atkins, interior lineman
*-
A.J. Green
, wide receiver
Cleveland (2) Phil Dawson, placekicker
*-
Joe Thomas
, offensive tackle
Denver (5) *-Champ Bailey, cornerback
Ryan Clady, tackle
Elvis Dumervil, defensive end
*-
Peyton Manning, quarterback *-Von Miller
, outside linebacker
Houston (8) *-Duane Brown, tackle
*-
Arian Foster, running back
*-
Andre Johnson, wide receiver
*-
Johnathan Joseph, cornerback
Chris Myers, center
Matt Schaub, quarterback
Wade Smith, guard
*-
J.J. Watt
, defensive end
Indianapolis (2) Robert Mathis, outside linebacker
Reggie Wayne
, wide receiver
Kansas City (5) *-Eric Berry, strong safety
Jamaal Charles, running back
Dustin Colquitt, punter
*-
Tamba Hali, outside linebacker
Derrick Johnson
, inside/middle linebacker
Miami (1) *-Cameron Wake, defensive end
New England (7) Tom Brady, quarterback
*-
Rob Gronkowski, tight end
*-
Logan Mankins, guard
*-
Jerod Mayo, inside/middle linebacker
Matthew Slater, special-teamer
Wes Welker, wide receiver
*-
Vince Wilfork
, interior lineman
N.Y. Jets (2) Antonio Cromartie, cornerback
LaRon Landry
, strong safety
Pittsburgh (2) Heath Miller, tight end
*-
Maurkice Pouncey, center
 
NFC
Team Player(s)
Arizona (1) Patrick Peterson, cornerback
Atlanta (3) *-Tony Gonzalez, tight end
Julio Jones, wide receiver
Matt Ryan
, quarterback
Chicago (5) *-Tim Jennings, cornerback
*-Brandon Marshall, wide receiver
*-
Henry Melton, interior lineman
*-
Julius Peppers, defensive end
*-
Charles Tillman
, cornerback
Dallas (2) *-DeMarcus Ware, outside linebacker
Jason Witten
, tight end
Detroit (1) *-Calvin Johnson, wide receiver
Green Bay (3) Clay Matthews, outside linebacker
*-
Aaron Rodgers, quarterback
Jeff Saturday
, center
Minnesota (4) Jared Allen, defensive end
*-
Jerome Felton, fullback
*-
Adrian Peterson, running back
Blair Walsh
, placekicker
New Orleans (2) *-Jahri Evans, guard
Thomas Morstead
, punter
N.Y. Giants (3) Victor Cruz, wide receiver
*-
Jason Pierre-Paul, defensive end
Chris Snee
, guard
San Francisco (9) NaVorro Bowman, inside/middle linebacker
*-
Dashon Goldson, free safety
Frank Gore, running back
*-
Mike Iupati, guard
*-
Aldon Smith, outside linebacker
*-
Justin Smith, interior lineman
*-
Joe Staley, tackle
*-
Donte Whitner, strong safety
*-
Patrick Willis
, inside/middle linebacker
Seattle (5) Marshawn Lynch, running back
*-
Russell Okung, tackle
Earl Thomas, free safety
*-
Max Unger, center
Leon Washington
, kick returner
Tampa Bay (1) Gerald McCoy, interior lineman
Washington (3) Lorenzo Alexander, special-teamer
Robert Griffin III, quarterback
Trent Williams
, tackle

*-denotes starter
x-denotes out because of injury
y-denotes replacement for injured or 
Super Bowl player
z-will not play; 
Super Bowl
 participant

Source: National Football League

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