IRVING -- Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber is making his mark. Barber backed up Julius Jones the last several years, but the
understudy was the star.
Two years ago, "Marion the Barbarian" led the conference in
Barber last year made the Pro Bowl.
By season's end, Jones was the starter in name only, and it was
no surprise the Cowboys let him leave as a free agent.
The transition actually started in the playoffs, when Dallas let
He ran for 129 yards, which made management so giddy that he got
a 45 million dollar contract extension before training camp.
In between, the Cowboys took Felix Jones with the 22nd overall
pick, but it was only to pair his speed with Barber's power, not to
have a just-in-case starter.
Barber is coming off a 28-carry, 142-yard performance that went
a long way toward helping the Cowboys win at Green Bay.
Dallas on Sunday will host Washington.
-- Nose tackle Tank Johnson was a newcomer to the injury list
with a slightly sprained ankle that limited his participation in
-- Linebacker Anthony Spencer and wide receiver Sam Hurd went
through full practices. Coach Wade Phillips says he's encouraged
about the chances of both playing Sunday against Washington.
Spencer played only the second game, while Hurd has been out since
the preseason finale.
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