Posted Tue Sep 29th by Monty
While the Denver Broncos rushing attack is taking off, their Week 4 opponent’s ground game may have trouble even suiting up Sunday.
The Dallas Cowboys have the top-ranked rushing unit in the NFL through three weeks, but their depth at running back is becoming precariously thin. Starting tailback Marion Barber sat out the Cowboy’s 21-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers Monday night with a strained left quad injury, and backup Felix Jones‘s right knee forced him out of the game in the third quarter.
With Jones out and Barber slowed with a quad, Tashard Choice is the only healthy tailback on Dallas’ active roster. Choice had a solid performance Monday, finishing with 82 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries (4.6 avg.) to go with 36 yards on four receptions, but much of that was in split work.
Injuries forced Choice into the Cowboys’ starting lineup three times in 2008. Barber may or may not be available for the Cowboys on Sunday.
Tashard Choice is no slouch by any means, but Jones is dynamic and Barber lays the wood. This bodes well for Denver; stopping the ground game is the first task for any NFL defensive game plan, but against the Cowboys it will be of extra importance. We’ll be keeping an eye on the health of Dallas’ tailbacks throughout the week.
Sources: Jones out next week [ESPN]