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DeMarco Murray wasn't going to miss Pro Bowl

PHOENIX -- DeMarco Murray is a month removed from surgery to repair a broken left hand, but the Dallas Cowboys running back did not consider pulling out of the Pro Bowl.

“I love playing, so I’m not going to (sit out),” Murray said. “The hand’s all right so I’m excited to just go out there have fun and compete.”

Murray played six days after undergoing surgery against the Indianapolis Colts. He did not miss a game for the first time in his career. He is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March. He said he is not sure if in Sunday’s all-star game he will wear the hard plastic shell he wore as extra protection, but he is sure the Cowboys’ athletic training staff that is working the game will have it packed.

“I’m not worried about (the possibility of getting hurt),” Murray said. “It’s not been a worry all year, so it’s not going to start now.”

Murray is one of Team Irvin’ captains along with Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden. Cowboys Hall of Famer Michael Irvin is the captain of one of the teams and has former Cowboys safety Darren Woodson as his assistant.

Murray will lobby for Irvin to pick up his offensive linemen Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin when the final selections are announced on Wednesday.

“I definitely want to make sure they’re the top three picks,” Murray said.

That would be OK with Frederick.

“It certainly would be nice to work with DeMarco,” Frederick said. “Obviously you know his style, and it really would be nice for the three of us all to be on the team on the offensive line. But we’ll see how it goes.”