Cowboys running back Marion Barber continues to deal with trying to manage the pain in his dislocated right little toe. He has re-aggravated it coming back the past two weeks against New York Giants and Baltimore.
Wade Phillips second-guessed himself Tuesday and said maybe the Cowboys should have held him out the past two games. If they would have done this, Phillips thinks Barber might have been healthy for the Eagles regular season finale. Barber missed practice on Tuesday.
"A dislocation, it can get well," Phillips said. "Maybe we shouldn't have played him at all and maybe he'd be well now."
Luckily for the Cowboys, rookie Tashard Choice has been a big-time producer in the backfield and eased the pain of Barber's ineffectiveness. Choice has rushed for 88, 91 and 90 yards in consecutive weeks and started twice.
In the past two games, Barber has been a game-time decision and warmed up well only to pull himself out once he saw some action. The trouble has been pain and cutting. He has 10 carries for two yards combined against the Giants and Ravens.
Barber had two carries and one catch during the final Cowboys possession in the first quarter against the Ravens. It was the only series he played in the game before he pulled himself. He will likely be a game-time decision again on Sunday.
- Rick Herrin