According to NFL.com wire reports and the Associated Press, Jerry Jones has confirmed that, due to a calf injury suffered in last week's game against New Orleans, Marion Barber will not play in Indianapolis this Sunday. Barber has not practiced at all this week.
Instead, Felix Jones will be the starting running back, and Tashard Choice will get more carries than usual.
This bodes well for the Cowboys, given how Barber bounces around and off the opposing defense like a pinball machine and Jones and Choice actually play through gaps in the opposing defense. I have rarely liked Barber's running style, and I believe he needs to make room for Jones and Choice. The fact that Jones has 448 yards on 111 carries on the season, as opposed to Barber's 313 on 102 carries, regardless of the nine-carry disparity, is evidence of Jones' superiority at the RB position.
Tashard Choice has been very limited in his carries and yardage (14 attempts and 38 yards). Choice scored the final touchdown in last week’s game, and Jones ran for 44 yards on 13 carries and made seven receptions for 69 yards.
Yeah, Barber sitting out this one is a good thing.
Jason Garrett is putting more focus on the running game—more than Wade Phillips did—in order to balance the passing and running tandem. With his fastest and most productive running backs in the game and Dez Bryant and Miles Austin burning opposing cornerbacks, Dallas should feast on Indy's defense.