Running Backs: The Past, The Present, The Future

The Past – Emmit Smith stepped out of the past and into the news when he made these comments this morning to reporters.

“Mediocre… I am disappointed because I saw this team being a lot better than it is. Chemistry has a lot to do with it. And for some reason, the chemistry of the Cowboys this year has been thrown off a little bit. Either there’s too much salt in the gumbo or not enough meat in the gumbo. Something’s wrong. Whatever it is, they need to get it corrected. It’s just been a blah kind of season for me.”

Ouch… I bet Jerry Jones needed a couple of shots of his finest brandy, when he heard those comments today.

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The Present – Bad news to report out of Cowboys camp today. It looks like starting running back, Marion Barber is still in some pain and missed practice once again with that toe injury. Initially, most team personnel expected Barber to miss one practice at the most, and be 100% ready to play on Sunday, but obviously it doesn’t look like he’s close to being ready.

Wade Phillips, had this to say, “We were assuming that Marion would play, but it’s a little more doubtful right now, so we’ll just see.”

The Cowboys have activated Alonzo Coleman from the practice squad as a result of todays news.

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The Future – Tashard Choice may get a chance to start in his first NFL game, and he’s making sure that he makes a great first impression on the fans. Choice has looked solid in the few chances he has gotten to carry the ball, but Sunday could be his coming out party, and all Cowboys fans are invited.

Here is what Choice had to say at practice today. (Play me)

Have a great weekend!