Marion Barber’s dislocated right pinkie toe, which was injured against Seattle on Thanksgiving Day, has forced him out and he will be replaced in the starting lineup by rookie Tashard Choice. Barber did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Barber was expected to be a game-time decision despite not practicing all week. But Wade Phillips didn’t sound encouraged by Barber’s availability late in the week, and his loss puts more pressure on quarterback Tony Romo to have a big performance today.
Barber, who said early last week he would be OK by today, will miss the first game of his four-year NFL career because of injury. The workload now falls on Choice, a fourth-round draft pick from Georgia Tech who has 30 carries for 147 yards (4.9 yards per carry) and no touchdowns this season. He is coming off season highs of 11 carries for 57 yards against Seattle after Barber was injured.
Part of Choice’s duties today will be helping to pick up the blitz in Pittsburgh’s aggressive scheme. The Steelers’ No. 1-ranked defense leads the NFL with 42 sacks.
Choice’s backup will be first-year player Alonzo Coleman, who was signed off the Cowboys’ practice squad Friday. Barber’s loss would have been eased some if standout rookie Felix Jones was still available. But he was placed on injured reserve Nov. 26 with a toe injury and is out for the season.
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