To play, Marion Barber needs to practice

IRVING, Texas – Marion Barber hasn’t been ruled out for Sunday’s game yet, but the likelihood of the veteran running back play against the Colts keeps getting slimmer.

Barber, who strained his left calf during last week’s loss to the Saints, hasn’t practiced this week. Interim coach Jason Garrett indicated that Barber needs to at least practice Friday to play Sunday.

“You want to see something from all your players,” Garrett said when asked if practice was required for Barber to play. “He knows what we’re doing in the run game and he knows what they’re doing defensively, but you need reps. You need snaps. You need to get yourself physically and emotionally ready to play, and practice goes a long way toward doing that.”

Inside linebackers Keith Brooking (foot) and Bradie James (knee) dressed out for practice Thursday after sitting out the previous two days. Brooking, however, was listed on the official injury report as not participating.

“We’re pointing towards both of those guys playing their typical roles,” Garrett said.

Rookie cornerback/kick returner Bryan McCann injured an ankle during the early portion of Thursday’s practice. However, Garrett said McCann moved well later in the practice and that the rookie’s health wasn’t a concern. McCann said he expects to be able to practice without limitations Friday.