For the first time on Saturday, coach Wade Phillips acknowledged that tailback Marion Barber has had swelling in his injured quadriceps. Barber has practiced on a limited basis this week and is expected to do so again here shortly.
How this new revelation might affect Barber's status for Monday night's game is still uncertain. Phillips reiterated Barber's desire to play, but whether he will or not will be determined by Barber, the athletic trainers and doctors. Phillips said his main concern is not putting Barber in a situation where he could hurt himself worse and be out for a longer period of time.
"I want him to be healthy, completely healthy," Phillip said. "I don’t know if that means 100 percent, but I don’t want him to be in a situation where, No. 1, he could be hurt worse and you lose him for a longer amount of time. That goes with the determination of the athletic trainers and the doctors and so forth as to where he is. Because he had some swelling. He had a legitimate injury that we just have to find out day-by-day what it’s going to do and how much better it gets. But, we didn’t think it was a long-term injury, that’s why we’re thinking he may be able to play, so that’s where we are."