CARROLLTON, TX - JUNE 16: Running back Tashard Choice #23 of the Dallas Cowboys during mini camp at Standridge Stadium on June 16, 2009 in Carrollton, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Cowboys' running back Tashard Choice made an appearance on ESPN Radio 103.3's Ben & Skin show recently to discuss his clearly muddled role in the Dallas offense, and fellow backs Marion Barber and Felix Jones. Choice, who has proven himself as, at the very least, a capable back, has had the misfortune of being part of a crowded backfield since entering the league in 2009.
It's a good problem for the Cowboys to sort out, but, one would imagine, more than a little frustrating for Choice, who was used sparingly, and almost exclusively out of the Razorback set, last season. Meanwhile, starter Marion Barber struggled with knee and thumb injuries and, as it was reported last week, a partially torn quad.
Choice, who is close friends with both Jones and Barber, said on Ben & Skin that he knew Barber was hurt, a development that only heightened his desire to get on the field.
"You knew something was bothering him, but that's just how MB is, MB is a warrior, he's going to try and get on the field," Choice said, per the Dallas Morning News. "You work so hard in the off-season, then you get hurt during the season, it really pisses you off because all the work you've done just goes down the drain. You go through training camp and all the off-season stuff, you really want to make sure you're able to play the football games.
"I wanted to get in there more because I knew he was hurt, but that's just how it is. It's how they see it, what the coaches want to do as far as who they want to play and what they want to do in certain situations."