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It was late in the fourth quarter on Sunday night and Marion Barber(notes) had already rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown. He was headed for the end zone again, needing only to dismiss Bruce Johnson(notes) with a stiff-arm (pictured), then sprint for the goal line.
But as MBIII disengaged from Johnson, he pulled up, clutched his leg, and did a faceplant at the 7. Video here beginning at the 3:55 mark. He hobbled off with a quad injury and didn't return. Felix Jones(notes) took the next carry up the middle for a score, giving the Cowboys a 31-30 lead that wouldn't last.
The Cowboys haven't updated Barber's status as of this writing, but we've learned that anything (or anyone) that can take him down on his way to the end zone must be taken seriously. Jones gets an obvious bump in value and Tashard Choice(notes) is a nice speculative add as well. Recall that Choice finished the '08 season with triple-digit combined yardage totals in Weeks 14-16, filling in for a weakened Barber. [Non-update via The Dallas Morning News]
When asked if he thought he could play in Week 3 against Kansas City, Brian Westbrook(notes) (ankle) replied, "I hope so, yes." That's hardly definitive, but it's also not the worst possible quote. The injury Westbrook suffered is to the same ankle that required offseason surgery. LeSean McCoy(notes) is already owned by responsible Westbrook owners; he figures to have value next week in a fantastic matchup. Even if Westbrook plays, he shouldn't need to play every quarter against the 0-2 Chiefs.
DeSean Jackson(notes) aggravated his sore groin in the loss to the Saints, but Andy Reid sounded somewhat optimistic following the game: "I think we'll be fine there. We'll find out the next day or two." [Philadelphia Daily News]
Packers receiver Greg Jennings(notes) was held without a catch on Sunday, despite five targets. He dropped one pass and slipped on another. Cincinnati corner Leon Hall(notes) deserves partial credit for the shutout, and so does the Bengals' pass rush. Aaron Rodgers(notes) was harassed all afternoon; Green Bay's decision to use a hologram at left tackle was a calculated risk, and it didn't quite work. Jennings was also flagged for the game-ending penalty. He apparently did not agree with the call:
As the Bengals celebrated referee Ed Hochuli's declaration that the game was over and players poured onto the field, Jennings made a beeline for head linesman Mark Hittner. He berated Hittner for almost a full minute until umpire Chad Brown(notes) came over and stepped between the two. … After the game, Jennings, who for the first time in his career was held without a catch, was in no mood to discuss the play with reporters. When approached, Jennings said, "I'm not talking. I'm serious, I'm not talking."
Green Bay travels to St. Louis this week, so your disappointment with Jennings will likely be short-lived. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
If it's Monday, it must be time for the Rams Report Card! The Week 2 grades are shockingly high, actually. Everyone passed, yet the Rams scored only seven points in another losing effort. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck(notes) (ribs) says via Twitter that he's "Going to be alright," though he posted a somewhat disturbing photo of himself strapped to a gurney. Seattle is at home against the Bears in Week 3. [Seattle Times]
One more important note from the land of Alvin Davis: "Running back Julius Jones(notes) was not announced as a mid-game injury, however, Justin Forsett(notes) finished the game at running back and Jones left the locker room with ice bags wrapped against his forearm." Both Forsett and Jones finished with 11 touches; Forsett outgained the veteran in terms of yardage, 92 to nine. [More Seattle Times]
The Niners have reportedly filed tampering charges against the Jets, alleging that New York has reached out to the
nut who's advising agent of receiver Michael Crabtree(notes). "Although the specifics aren't known, it's not hard to connect the dots. Crabtree, the 10th overall pick in the draft, is threatening to sit out the season and reenter the draft in 2010. The 49ers may believe the Jets contacted Crabtree's agent, Eugene Parker, to let him know they'd be interested in trading for his rights, or in drafting him in 2010 with a better salary than the 49ers are offering." [New York Daily News]
Mike Bell's(notes) knee injury appears to be an MCL sprain, but we won't have any official word from the team until mid-week, it seems. "The Saints won’t have a definitive diagnosis until Bell undergoes an MRI exam today. The diagnosis likely will not be revealed until Wednesday, at the earliest." When asked if he was prepared to return to full-time duty, Pierre Thomas(notes) answered this way: "Oh, no doubt. No doubt. Whenever they call my name, I'm stepping up." [New Orleans Times-Picayune]
PFW's Mike Wilkening offers a disturbing note on Steve Slaton(notes), who's been unhelpful for two weeks in a row: "The second-year back from West Virginia added some muscle in the offseason – he's currently listed at 215 points, up 12 pounds from his listed weight in May – and this has led to some speculation about him potentially losing some speed, the way we hear it. However, a source close to the club dismisses that idea, noting that Slaton just hasn't had a lot of room to run." And still I'm buying Slaton if you're selling. [Pro Football Weekly]
Photos via Getty Images (Barber) and AP Images (Jennings and Hall)