Player News: Update on Marion Barber's Status

After injurying his toe during the Thanksgiving game, Marion Barber has been taking it easy. He did not practice today, and will not participate tomorrow.

Coach Phillips says that Marion’s status for this week’s matchup against the Steelers will depend on how he does in pratice on Friday.

So the plan is to rest him as much as possible and see what he can offer on Friday.

When asked last Friday during an interview on the Ticket, Jerry Jones admitted that sitting Barber out would be left up to Barber himself, and he didn’t see that happening. The “Barbarian” is tough and it is doubtful that he would miss such a crucial game if the decision was left to him.

If by chance Barber doesn’t play, Tashard Choice would be the starting running back. Alonzo Coleman would most likely be brought up from the practice squad to be the backup.

Of course, that is a very unlikely scenario. Barber will play, and Choice will probably get more drives than usual. But after seeing what Choice can do last week, the Cowboys should be okay with that.

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The Cowboys have had more than their share of the injury bug, it seems more like an epidemic in Dallas this season. The loss of Kyle Kosier and Pat Watkins this week only furthered the Cowboys losses on the year.

Thus far the Cowboys Injury Reserve list includes: Roy Williams, Felix Jones, Sam Hurd, Kyle Kosier, Pat Watkins, and Mat McBriar.