ESPN is reporting now that Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber will not play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
ESPN cites a high-ranking team source who told the network that Barber did not travel to Pittsburgh for the game.
The Cowboys are concerned about how effective Barber could be while still experiencing pain from a dislocated small toe on his right foot. The team was worried about further damage that would risk him for the remainder of their December schedule, as the team attempts to secure a wild-card playoff berth.
But even worse, ESPN reports that DeMarcus Ware, who was expected to play and start, is not questionable. He has not practiced all week.
The confidence that prompted Ware to say he was ready to go “full blast” has been tempered by new concern about how the cold weather in Pittsburgh might affect his ability to keep the damaged knee joint loose during the game.
Personally, I don’t understand the concerns with Ware. There are plenty of ways to keep his knee joint warm during the game, and a hyper-extended knee is not a big deal unless there are joint or ligament damage.
Folks, the Cowboys are in a world of hurt without those guys. A loss and a Redskins win puts the Cowboys two teams behind in the playoff hunt with a difficult schedule left, playing three teams with winning records.