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Friday, August 5, 2011
BBAO: Marion Barber rolls in Bears camp

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Thursday evening, we noted the debut of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb and left tackle Charlie Johnson. But from the sounds of it, the player who put on the most eye-catching first-practice display Thursday was Chicago Bears running back Marion Barber.

Barber put on a physical display of running over some defenders, including defensive lineman Vernon Gholston, and stiff-arming others during full-contact running drills, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. At one point, coach Lovie Smith chuckled to himself as Barber obviously raised the intensity of practice.

You continue to wonder if the Bears plan to enter the regular season with three veteran running backs or if it is just a matter of time before they part ways with erstwhile No. 2 back Chester Taylor.

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