Silent Barber? NFL looking into it

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Silent Barber? NFL looking into it

Marion Barber left his teammates in the lurch on the field Sunday with his gaffes of stopping the clock for the Denver Broncos and then giving them the football via fumble in OT.

Then Barber maintained his media boycott and left his teammates to answer questions about his missteps. And the NFL isnt any happier than some players were.

League sources told CSNChicago.com that the NFL has been in touch with the Bears with regard to Barbers refusal to make himself available during the week or after games. His only media session was a brief handful of questions after his first practice in Bourbonnais.

No one expects a player to enjoy answering media questions after a difficult day. But theres a league policy besides being a stand-up individual (take the heat off your teammates).

Coach Lovie Smith didnt excuse Barbers game-altering plays but spread some blame around for a team loss. The question is whether or not Barber remains the starter. After the two plays Sunday plus the incorrect alignment that cost a TD in the Kansas City loss, how much confidence will coaches and teammates have in Barber with a game on the line.

We're going to evaluate this video like we do after every game, Smith said. But then we're going to move on. Stepping out of bounds was a mistake. That shouldn't happen. But it did. You can't let it happen again.

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Pittsburgh RB James Conner

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Pittsburgh RB James Conner

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh

6'1" | 233 lbs.

2016 stats:

216 CAR, 1,092 YDS, 16 TD | 21 REC, 302 YDS, 4 TD

Projection:

Fourth-to-fifth round

Scouting Report:

"Physical, battering-ram style runner who makes the hitting a two-way affair. Conner's lack of speed and reactive quickness could limit his role as a pro, but his heart, work ethic and ability to keep the chains moving could make him a red-zone specialist with the ability to handle some third down duties as well." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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2017 NFL Draft Profile: Alabama OLB Tim Williams

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Alabama OLB Tim Williams

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama

6'3" | 244 lbs.

2016 stats:

31 tackles, 16 TFL, 9 sacks, 2 FF

Projection:

Second round

Scouting Report:

"Alabama has the type of talent and scheme on defense that can make life much easier for everyone along the front seven, but Williams has explosiveness and pass-rush talent to create his own havoc as a pass rusher regardless of what is around him. Scouts say he is lighter than his listed weight and needs to prove he can play with increased toughness in order to reach his potential. Williams' career might be as a pass-rush specialist, but he's talented enough at that endeavor to become a dangerous rush linebacker in the NFL." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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