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September 29, 2009

Barber wanted to play, told no

Marion Barber wanted to play Monday night, but the medical and coaching staffs felt it was in his best interest to keep him out.

Phillips said Barber participated in only a few plays in practices last week. Barber was dressed out in full pads Wednesday through Saturday and was on the field during the first 25 minutes of practice -- when media is permitted to watch -- but he did little else during team drills.

"Medically we didn't feel like he was ready [to play] and we couldn't take a chance on losing him for a longer period of time," Phillips said.

Phillips stated the obvious that Barber will want to play Sunday at Denver, but whether he will or not is uncertain.

Jeff Caplan

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