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Marion Barber unlikely to play vs. Falcons

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Running back Marion Barber did not practice Wednesday and it appears unlikely the former Cowboys running back will play Sunday when the Bears open the regular season against the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field.

Barber, who rushed for 104 yards on 20 carries in the first two preseason games, suffered a calf injury in the first half against the Tennessee Titans on Aug. 27 and has not practiced or played since.

''We're running out of time a little bit for Marion,'' coach Lovie Smith said. ''But he's feeling a little better. So hopefully we'll be able to get him on the field before long.''

Linebacker Lance Briggs (knee), tight end Kellen Davis (back), long-snapper Pat Mannelly (calf), running back Kahlil Bell (knee) and safeties Craig Steltz (hip) and Chris Conte (head) all had ''full participation'' in practice.

Defensive tackle Anthony Adams (calf), wide receiver Sam Hurd (ankle) and defensive end Corey Wootton (knee) were limited.

Smith said the team is working hard and on target for Sunday's opener.

''We'll get back on the football field tomorrow. Hopefully we'll get a little bit better,'' he said. ''We're not ready for Atlanta yet. But we have a couple more days.''

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How do you translate "unlikely to play" from no practice on Wednesday? You must be new at this. When a player doesn't practice on Friday they are unlikely to play. You got to love the media with their infinite ignorance and need to tell the world about it.

I hate to say it, but Barber not playing makes it feel like the game's over before it starts. I don't mean that Barber not playing is the deciding factor, but it seems like the straw on the camel's back considering an already hard game. Hope I'm wrong, just sayin'.

Sets up an interesting byline on the Forte contract situation.

Say Forte goes out and does 100 + 50 for 2 with just an ex practice squad guy behind him?

Or if Forte rolls an ankle and Bell comes in and does maybe 80+40 for 2?

Or Cutler goes for 350 for 3 and no picks with Forte just blocking?

Or the dirty birds whip us 42-12 and the whole offense stinks it up?

However it plays out, this story is not going away. The Bears need to get something done with Forte.

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