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Tashard Choice's shot could come vs. Colts

It’s a question that’s been asked countless times by Cowboys fans this season: What will it take for Tashard Choice to get a chance to crack the running back rotation?

The answer is apparently an injury that sidelines Felix Jones or Marion Barber.

Choice’s chance could be coming next weekend in Indianapolis. Barber will benefit from the few extra days of rest, but the left calf strain he suffered late in Thursday’s loss to the Saints will probably cause him to miss one or two games.

Choice has been the odd man out since Week 4, when the coaching staff decided to give Jones the majority of the carries despite Barber retaining his starter status. Choice had been the Cowboys’ third-down back since the beginning of the 2009 season, but Barber took over that role, relegating Choice to almost solely special teams. Choice has 14 carries for 38 yards this season, with only six carries in the last eight games, including a 1-yard touchdown against the Saints after Barber’s injury.

However, Choice has proven throughout the course of his three-year career that he’s capable of producing when the Cowboys count on him.

Choice had at least eight carries in eight games the previous two seasons. He rushed for 589 yards (5.2 per carry) and four touchdowns in those games, adding another 252 yards on 27 receptions.

Those numbers blow away Barber’s poor production this season. Barber has rushed for 313 yards (3.1 per carry) and three touchdowns and caught 11 passes for 49 yards in 11 games.

Yet, for reasons that have never been made clear, the coaching staff believes Barber is the better back. But they might not have any choice other than to give Choice a chance next weekend against the Colts' 29th-ranked run defense.