Marion Barber's hair is free flowing

November, 23, 2010
11/23/10
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IRVING --Early in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys-Lions game on Sunday, running back Marion Barber's long dreadlocks that stretch beyond the helmet, were yanked by defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

NFL rules state a player can pull another player's hair in the process of tackling such player. When Suh grabbed Barber's hair, the officials called a horse collar penalty on the play.

Barber said it was the first time in his career that a player pulled his dreadlocks.

In the last two days of practice, Barber covered up his dreadlocks. On Tuesday, he tied them up into a pony tail and had it tucked into his jersey.

Barber said he won't cover them up for Thursday's game vs. the New Orleans Saints.

Interim coach Jason Garrett sees no problem with his starting running back's hair.

"I'm fine with that," Garrett said of the hair. "I'm fine with his hair being out. It seems to be a trend in the league."

Several players, including Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, have long hair that comes out of the bottom of the helmet whether the hair style is long braids, dreadlocks or it's just long like the way Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews wears his.

Former Cowboys linebacker Bobby Carpenter, who is now with the Detroit Lions, had long hair that came out of the helmet.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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