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With Manning ruled out, Barber will own ironman mark



The Colts have confirmed today that quarterback Peyton Manning will not play this week against Houston, ending the longest active streak of consecutive starts at 208.

So, when Ronde Barber walks onto the field on Sunday for the Buccaneers, he will take over as No. 1 on the list of NFL ironmen. Barber will make his 184th start against Detroit, which will become the league's longest active streak -- not that he's taking any bows.

"I'll let you pat me on the back," Barber told reporters today.

His coach, however, was more than willing to celebrate Barber's longevity.

"Ronde Barber has certainly been on very few injury reports, by his choice," Morris said. "He forces his will on his body and he forces his will on his opponents, which every week he has to do. He’s one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been around. I’ve watched him finish the season with a torn knee ligament. I’ve watched him play through broken thumbs.

"He’s certainly earned his ironman status."

The last time Barber missed a start: Nov. 14, 1999, when fellow cornerback Brian Kelly opened the game opposite Donnie Abraham.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 4:04pm]


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