IRVING -- Only two Dallas Cowboys, linebacker DeMarcus Ware and nose tackle Jay Ratliff, were named to the Pro Bowl when the NFC and AFC rosters were announced on Tuesday.
It's the fewest number of Cowboys named to the Pro Bowl since having one (La'Roi Glover) in 2002.
Ware, second in the league in sacks with 18, was voted in as a starter. It is his sixth consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl.
Ratliff was voted to the Pro Bowl for the fourth straight year. He'll be a reserve after recording two sacks, six tackles for loss, 12 quarterback pressures and four pass deflections in 2011.
"It's a great honor to be selected to play in the Pro Bowl," Ware said. "It shows that all the work through the off-season and season pays off."
After seven straight Pro Bowl trips, tight end Jason Witten wasn't voted to the NFC team. He could be added as an alternate, as well as quarterback Tony Romo, linebacker Sean Lee and rookie tackle Tyron Smith.
As much as the Cowboys are excited about the opportunity to win the NFC East title in the win-or-go-home showdown against the Giants on Sunday, there is frustration among Cowboys fans, if not the players themselves, that this has not already been taken care of.
Consider the Cowboys have lost five games in which they have blown fourth-quarter leads, including two in December to the Arizona Cardinals and Giants along with early season fourth-quarter meltdowns to the Jets, Detroit Lions and New England Patriots.
If they win any two of those games, they would have already clinched a playoff berth.
Coach Jason Garrett and his players say they only focus on the opportunity before them, not the ones they let slip away.
"We're excited about the opportunity," Garrett said. "Like a lot of teams in this league, you play 15 games up to this point. A lot of things go your way and some things don't go your way. For us, things have gone our way enough to give us this chance."
Said defensive Marcus Spears: "This is where we are. I think if you get frustrated about things we can't control, that we aren't in the playoffs already, we can't do anything about that."
Practice squad addition
The Cowboys will add former Texas Tech offensive tackle Brandon Carter to the practice squad today to replace running back Chauncey Washington, signed to the active roster last week.
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