With Barber Out, December Becomes More Difficult

GAME SET WHAT: Dallas Cowboys (8-4) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3)
WHEN: Sunday, 3:15 p.m. (CST)
WHERE: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh
TELEVISION: Fox (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver)

Cowboys
The injury misfortune simply continues for the Cowboys, first having to play three games without Romo, then six without Terence Newman, now a 10th without Kyle Kosier (foot surgery on Friday) and safety Roy Williams, and on top of all that, the first without Barber (toe). And it must be troubling for the Cowboys that this injury occurred 10 days ago, and he's still not ready to play. Thankfully, Ware was able to get back into practice on Thursday after hyper-extending his left knee against Seattle and is listed as probable and will start Sunday. The Cowboys still will be without backup wide receiver Miles Austin and rookie corner Mike Jenkins, neither practicing all week and already ruled out of this game. Somewhat troubling was Roy Williams' absence from practice on Friday with a foot problem, but he is being listed as probable, along with backup wide receiver Isaiah Stanback (shoulder).

Steelers
The Steelers already know they'll be without the services of starting left tackle Marvel Smith (back) and starting defensive end Brett Keisel (knee) since both are listed as out. The rest of the players on the injury report are listed as probable - backup defensive end Travis Kirschke (back), backup corner Bryant McFadden (forearm), starting running back Willie Parker (shoulder, knee), starting strong safety Troy Polamalu (calf), starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (knee), and starting defensive end Aaron Smith (knee).

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