Barber back at Cowboys practice ahead of Vikings clash

BY foxsports • January 14, 2010

Cowboys running back Marion Barber could start the playoff game against Minnesota this weekend after his sore left knee held up well during practice Thursday.

"He's listed as limited, although he did practice and did run some and ran pretty well," coach Wade Phillips said. "That was an encouraging sign with him. We'll see what he does tomorrow, but it's looking better and better I think for him to be able to play."

Barber left the last playoff game after only three carries because coaches could tell he wasn't running at full strength. He was held out of practice Wednesday.

Besides the stakes of the game, Barber has the further incentive of getting play in his home state for the first time.

"He needs to show a little bit more, but he showed a lot today," Phillips said.

Barber led the club in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns this season. However, the Cowboys have two capable, healthy backups in Felix Jones and Tashard Choice.

The Cowboys also are hoping to have backup safety Pat Watkins back after missing four games with a knee injury.

"I think he'll be able to play this week," Phillips said. "He's one of our best special teamers."

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