NFC East High Energy Player of the Week

A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 13.

Perhaps we'll never know why it took so long for the Dallas Cowboys to give Tashard Choice some significant playing time this season. You'd think all those 2-yard carries for Marion Barber might have done the trick, but interim coach Jason Garrett was firm in saying last week that Choice was the team's third tailback.

Choice forced Garrett to eat those words when he finished with 100 yards on 19 carries in the Cowboys' 38-35 overtime win over the Indianapolis Colts. And I don't think Garrett minded one bit that Choice made the coaches look bad with his performance Sunday. Owner Jerry Jones said last week that Choice wasn't doing enough on special teams. But if he's the first or second back on this team, someone like Lonyae Miller can pick up those special-teams duties.

"I think if you go back and look at Tashard, how he’s played when he’s gotten opportunities, he’s played fairly well," said Garrett. "So seeing him make the runs, both inside and outside, that’s stuff that we’ve seen from him before. He’s a good football player. There’s no question about that."

I think Choice may be the Cowboys' most complete running back at this point. And with his performance in Week 13, he pretty much assured everyone that Barber won't be back in 2011.