Dez Bryant to miss Pro Bowl; Jason Witten added

PHOENIX -- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant will miss the Pro Bowl because of a lingering groin injury.

Bryant was never listed on the injury report during the season with a groin injury and he never talked about an injury late in the season. Bryant caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and a team single-season record 16 touchdown catches.

He will be replaced by Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb.

Bryant is scheduled to be a free agent in March but the team has said it will use the franchise tag on him if they were unable to reach an agreement on a long-term deal.

Despite Bryant's absence, the Cowboys will still have seven players in the all-star game with tight end Jason Witten added on Monday to replace Denver's Julius Thomas.

It will be Witten's 10th Pro Bowl in 12 seasons. With the honor, only Hall of Famer Bob Lilly will have more Pro Bowls as a Cowboy than Witten. Hall of Famers Larry Allen and Mel Renfro also played in 10.

Witten made the Pro Bowl from 2004-10 and has now made it the last three seasons. His numbers were down in 2014 with 64 catches for 703 yards and five touchdowns, but coach Jason Garrett repeatedly called Witten the best tight end in football because of his ability to block.

Witten's blocking helped DeMarco Murray lead the NFL in rushing with 1,845 yards. His receiving numbers improved after the Pro Bowl vote was counted, catching 18 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown in the last three games.

He joins Murray, Tony Romo, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and L.P. Ladouceur in the all-star game.