Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made comments today that ESPN says questions the toughness of running back Marion Barber.
ESPN has been blowing up the controversy all day, but it is unclear if Jones was truly calling out Barber.
I am not sure how anyone can question the toughness of Marion Barber, who has a dislocated right pinkie toe. And would it have really mattered if he did play?
Rookie running back Tashard Choice did better against that Pittsburgh Steelers defense than any other running back who has faced that defense to date. The problem Sunday wasn’t the Cowboys running attack or that Barber was missing. It was the passing game and Tony Romo’s poor game.
The Dallas Cowboys are extremely fragile right now, there’s no doubt about that. When an owner goes on to possibly criticize one of his best and most well-liked players, I don’t see how it can do anything to motivate these guys to make the playoffs. Such comments could actually result in the opposite.
ESPN surely sensationalized the comments, and Jerry Jones may have well just wanted to show he was surprised that Barber was held out from playing.
The original article that has caused all of the problems is here.
After not practicing all week and with an additional sore calf, Barber felt he couldn’t play. Jones said Barber could have taped and braced the toe well enough to allow him to play.
“He can play with that injured toe,” Jones said. “He can play with the soreness and a combination of those things. I see nothing that led us to believe he couldn’t.”