The Facts: Barber is playing with a broken thumb, an injury that nearly ended his season a few weeks ago and thus would have ended his career. It's also an injury the Pro Bowl back admitted this week has forced him to play with excruciating pain and discomfort and has affected his game.
Diehards Line:"It's killing me out there," Barber told FOX NFL Sunday's Jay Glazer. "If you watch us out there and you know me you can tell it's affecting me. I'm trying to protect it a lot and I'm not switching the ball from hand to hand. I'm trying not to hold it with that hand. ..." At this point, it seems like Barber's game has been influenced more by coaching decisions and overall team play than the thumb -- but it is having an impact. It's certainly worth factoring into your closer line-up decisions.