Cowboys pro bowl contenders

IRVING, Texas -- Given the Cowboys' season, 8-7, the number of impact players for a Pro Bowl list appears small.

The Pro Bowl team will be released Friday night at 9 p.m. ET on NFL Network. Unlike previous years when the players were selected by conference, the entire roster will be divided into separate teams regardless of conference. The players were voted to the team by fans, coaches and players. There will be a Pro Bowl draft on Jan. 22.

The game is scheduled for Jan. 26 in Honolulu.

There are several players who could make the team from the Cowboys squad.

Wide receiver Dez Bryant is 15th in the NFL in receiving yards at 1,134. and is looking for his first Pro Bowl appearance.

"It happens, it happens," Bryant said. "I can't focus on it. It would be good to have. If I don't, just keep working."

The last time the Cowboys had a receiver in the Pro Bowl was 2010 when Miles Austin was selected.

Left tackle Tyron Smith said the day he was drafted he wanted to be a Pro Bowl player. Most of his teammates believe the time has come.

"Not thinking about it," Smith said. "Just trying to do the best job I can for my team."

The Cowboys went eight consecutive seasons with having at least one offensive lineman named to the Pro Bowl team until 2011. In the last two years the Cowboys haven't had an offensive lineman named to the Pro Bowl team.

There are several players who received plenty of votes from the fans and who could get consideration from players from previous work. Tight end Jason Witten, middle linebacker Sean Lee, safety Barry Church, kicker Dan Bailey, defensive tackle Jason Hatcher and defensive end DeMarcus Ware are potential candidates.

Ware has been named a starter seven times while Witten is a eight-time Pro Bowler. The last time the Cowboys didn't have any Pro Bowlers was 1989 when they finished 1-15.