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Cowboys expect Barber, Ware to start against Eagles

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys are expecting right tackle Marc Colombo to return to the lineup for the playoffs.

Papa: Cowboys the pick

NFL Network play-by-play voice Bob Papa took part in a live chat on Wild Card Weekend, and picks the Cowboys over the Eagles in a close game.

"I think Philadelphia will give a better showing. But Dallas has the matchups in their favor. Their running game opens everything up. I do not see another blowout, but I expect Dallas to win again."  **Chat transcript ...**

Colombo's been out since breaking his left leg and sustaining ligament damage in his ankle Nov. 15 at Green Bay. He's listed as probable for Saturday night's first-round playoff game at home against Philadelphia.

The Cowboys also list No. 3 running back Tashard Choice as probable less than a week after he left the regular season finale vs. the Eagles with a concussion from a knee to the head.

Pro Bowl linebacker DeMarcus Ware sat out Thursday's practice because of a sore back, and running back Marion Barber was limited then by a sore knee. Both were full participants Friday and expected to start.

Safety Patrick Watkins is the only player listed as questionable. He's been inactive the last three games because of a sprained left knee.

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