If you watched the Dallas Cowboys take on the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football, you undoubtedly saw Cowboys running back Marion Barber go down with an injury. Right away it appeared as if Barber had injured his left quadriceps. It has now been confirmed that Barber sustained a strained quad muscle.
Barber’s injury was confirmed via an MRI on Monday. While the Cowboys are saying that Barber is receiving treatment in an attempt to play this weekend against the Carolina Panthers, many media reports indicate that Barber will likely have to miss at least one game.
If the Cowboys want to play it safe, they may keep Barber out of action for the next three games so that they can take advantage of their Week 6 bye. Over the course of the next three weeks, the Cowboys have three very winnable games against the Panthers, Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs.
To begin the 2009 NFL season, Barber has been very good. In Week 1, he had 79 rushing yards on 14 attempts and a touchdown. In Week 2 prior to getting injured, Barber had 18 carries for 124 yards and a touchdown. He also had two receptions for 31 yards.
If Barber can’t go, the Cowboys will hand the ball off to backup running backs Felix Jones and Tashard Choice.