Report: Marion Barber taken to hospital for mental observation

Marion Barber III was taken by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He spent six years with the Cowboys before playing with Chicago in 2011. In seven seasons in the NFL, Barber scored 53 touchdowns and rushed for 4,780 yards.

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Former NFL and University of Minnesota running back Marion Barber III was taken to a Texas hospital Sunday night for mental observation, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Barber, who was a standout for the Gophers from 2001-04, was not arrested, the report says, but was taken to the hospital in a squad car after Mansfield, Texas, police believed he needed to be hospitalized. Few other details were given, but Mansfield police officer Thad Penkala told the Star-Telegram that, "He was taken to a hospital and we wouldn’t know how long he would be there."

Police were called to the site of a disturbance around 8 p.m. Sunday. Barber was then taken by Mansfield officers to a hospital.

In his time at Minnesota, Barber rushed for 3,267 yards and 35 touchdowns. That included 1,269 rushing yards as a redshirt junior before he turned pro. The Plymouth, Minn., native was taken by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He spent six years with the Cowboys before playing with Chicago in 2011. In seven seasons in the NFL, Barber scored 53 touchdowns and rushed for 4,780 yards.

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