Monday, September 5, 2011
Ronde Barber may move to No. 1
By Pat Yasinskas
Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber has a chance to add another line to an already-lengthy résumé.
With the status of Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning uncertain after offseason neck surgery, Barber has a chance to take over the NFL lead when it comes to longest active regular-season starting streaks. Manning has started 208 consecutive games, but it’s unclear if he’ll be able to play in the opener.
If he doesn’t, Barber will move into the top spot. Barber has 183 consecutive starts. He holds a healthy lead over Washington linebacker London Fletcher, who is third with 163 consecutive starts.
There are a couple of other NFC South players in the top 10. Atlanta center Todd McClure is tied for No. 7 with 144 consecutive starts. But that streak is expected to come to an end. Coach Mike Smith already has said McClure isn’t expected to play in the opener due to a knee injury.
Center Olin Kreutz, who just signed with the New Orleans Saints, is No. 9 on the list with 134 consecutive starts.