The Cowboys have as many Pro Bowlers as they do wins this season.
Coach Jason Garrett called three of his offensive linemen out of the locker room to inform them they were headed to Hawaii. Center Travis Frederick, right guard Zack Martin and left tackle Tyron Smith celebrated together. They will do more of the same the week leading up to the Jan. 31 all-star game.
Kicker Dan Bailey will join them.
“I’d rather be playing in playoffs and going all the way, but it’s a great honor to be voted by your peers and be in a game like that,” Smith said. “It’s a great time.”
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Smith made the Pro Bowl for the third time in his five NFL seasons, though he has not had his best season. He has two holding penalties and has allowed seven sacks, according to STATS.
Martin made the Pro Bowl for the second time in his two seasons. He quickly has established himself as one of the game’s best guards, though he, too, has not been as consistent as last season with three holding penalties and two sacks allowed.
“It shows you’ve got some respect around the league, and that’s great,” Martin said. “Obviously, you want to be playing [in the postseason] at that time, but it’s a league of respect, and it feels good.”
Frederick made the team for the second time in three seasons. He has had his best year with no holding penalties and no sacks.
“It certainly is an honor because of the way that you make it,” Frederick said. “People vote for you, your peers, so it’s an honor to be respected by those people.”
Bailey, the most accurate kicker in NFL history, has made 28 of 29 field goals. His 45 touchbacks ranks tied for seventh.
Tight end Jason Witten has played in 10 Pro Bowls, including the past two as an injury replacement for Julius Thomas. He could be an alternate again this year.