Marion Barber Status: Bears Running Back Will Be Active

Chicago Bears running back Marion Barber is expected to be active today against the Carolina Panthers. Barber has yet to be active for a game so far in the 2011 NFL season. He's expected to be the primary back up running back to Matt Forte and the short yardage back.

If you're looking to play Marion Barber this week in fantasy football you've either drafted a bunch of running backs who've gotten hurt or you're insanely desperate. Barber will be the primary back up to Forte, but it is unlikely Barber gets many touches for the Bears. Forte will get the lion's share of carries and also play on passing downs, as he's a receiving threat out of the backfield. Barber could steal some goal line carries and vulture a touchdown or so, but I wouldn't bank it on playing Barber over some other secondary running backs.

For more on the Chicago Bears visit Windy City Gridiron, SB Nation's Bears Blog.

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