Murray replaces Gore in Pro Bowl

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Another day, another new player added to the Pro Bowl.

Or maybe it’s another hour.

The Cowboys have announced that running back DeMarco Murray will join the NFL’s all-star game, based on a knee injury to 49ers running back Frank Gore.

Murray is the first Cowboys running back to make it to the Pro Bowl since Marion Barber in 2007, who was the first since Emmitt Smith in 1999.

Five Cowboys have made it to the game.  Along with Murray, receiver Dez Bryant, tackle Tyron Smith, defensive lineman Jason Hatcher, and tight end Jason Witten will play.

For the first time, the Pro Bowl will be played without regard to conference.  Later this week, two teams will be picked from the total pool of players.

It’s unclear how the new format will make the players play harder, especially when they have plenty of reasons (in some cases, millions of them) to not get injured in late January.