The trading deadline came and went, and despite some far-fetched rumors, Marion Barber still is part of the Dallas Cowboys. His carries might have diminished, but the Cowboys view his role as a big one.
Barber, the starting running back in name only, has become the team's short-yardage and third-down back.
Jones has 29 carries for 141 yards the past two games; Barber has 16 carries for 50 yards.
"I'm just ready to play, man," Barber said. "Whatever they want me to do, I'm going to do.... Carries were never an issue. It's just about winning these games. However they feel we can do that, we've got to do that."
Barber had five short-yard opportunities in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, and he converted all five. After going only 12 of 21 on third or fourth down with 2 or fewer yards to gain for the first down, Barber is 9 for 9 this season, according to STATS, Inc.