Marion Barber started at running back for the Cowboys on Sunday. He will start again this Sunday, according to coach Wade Phillips.
"Because he is the starter," Phillips said. "I think it’s important he’s in there. He’s been the guy, and I think he still is."
After the first play on Sunday, Barber played mostly as the third-down back, with Felix Jones getting most of the carries. Jones had 15 carries for 109 yards and caught four passes for 17 yards, while Barber had six carries for 19 yards and no receptions.
"I think they’re both really good backs," Phillips said. "We’re glad we’ve got both of them. We’re glad we’ve got all three of them. None of that has changed."
Phillips said the "design" could change by the week, meaning there may be games where Barber gets more touches than Jones. Barber has 42 carries this season to Jones' 37, but Jones has more yards 197 to 144. The Cowboys have only one rushing touchdown this season.
Choice, it appears, is the odd man out. The former third-down and Razorback back had no touches last week. The Cowboys had not used the Razorback the past two weeks after using it only twice in the first two games. Choice had one rush for 4 yards out of the Razorback against the Redskins and one rush for minus-1 yard against the Bears. For the season, he has eight carries for 21 yards and three catches for 4 yards.
-- Charean Williams