Cowboys get back Barber as Giants' Jacobs sits

Updated: December 14, 2008, 8:08 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Dallas Cowboys activated running back Marion Barber on Sunday, but the New York Giants had to play without Brandon Jacobs.

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Barber, who returned from a dislocated right pinkie toe, looked as though he was moving OK while taking handoffs and short passes in pregame warmups.

Jacobs, the hard-running 264-pounder who leads the Giants with 1,002 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, didn't practice after he aggravated his injured left knee in last week's loss to Philadelphia. Derrick Ward replaced Jacobs as the starter.

Barber left the Cowboys' 34-9 Thanksgiving victory over the Seattle Seahawks when someone stepped on his foot. He also injured his calf. Barber missed last week's 20-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

After last week's defeat Cowboys owner Jerry Jones complained that Barber should have been on the field. Later, he tempered those remarks.

"Fundamentally, [the comments were] because he is so tough that you would have thought that he could play," Jones told San Antonio radio station WOAI-AM.

Battling injuries, Barber has rushed for 870 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

Also out for the Giants were starting defensive tackle Fred Robbins because of a shoulder injury, and backup rookie linebacker Jonathan Goff (hamstring), who sat out for a third straight week.

Domenik Hixon, who has replaced suspended receiver Plaxico Burress in the starting lineup, was active despite practicing on a limited basis Friday because of foot and ankle injuries. He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and had been listed as questionable.

The Cowboys were without Montrae Holland (ankle), who had started the last two games after replacing Kyle Kosier in the starting lineup. Cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was out because of a herniated disk in his neck, sustained last week after his muffed punt in the first quarter, though he finished that game.

Rookie cornerback Mike Jenkins was back from a hamstring problem after missing Dallas' last two games.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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