Cowboys hope Barber can start on Sunday


IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys starting running back Marion Barber participated fully in practice Friday, and he's listed as probable for the NFC divisional playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Barber practiced, although in limited fashion, for the first time this week Thursday because of a swollen knee. The Cowboys hope he will start Sunday.

"He says he's good to go," Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. "He wasn't sore and he moved around out there pretty good [Thursday]."

Barber was not available to reporters earlier this week because he was rehabbing the knee. When asked Thursday how he was feeling, Barber simply said, "God is good."

Barber injured his knee in the regular-season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles and re-injured it in last week's wild-card victory, also against the Eagles. He lasted just three carries before he was taken out of last Saturday's game.

An MRI exam on Monday revealed no structural damage.


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