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Ex-RB Barber hospitalized for mental observation

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jun 17 2014 12:31:48 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 17 2014 10:21:47 AM CDT
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Marion Barber III, a former Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears running back, was transported to a hospital for mental observation after he was detained by Mansfield, Texas, police, multiple media outlets reported Monday night.

Police officers determined Barber needed to be taken to the hospital following a disturbance call at his home Sunday night, Mansfield police spokesman Thad Penkala told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

"This was not an arrest, but he may have had handcuffs on him if he was placed in a patrol car," Penkala told the newspaper. Penkala added that no charges were pending.

The Star-Telegram reported that the Mansfield police log showed Barber was arrested "on an application for mental detention and observation," meaning he was viewed as a danger to himself or to others.

Barber, 31, played with the Cowboys from 2005-11, then finished his career with the Bears in 2012. He was a 2007 Pro Bowl selection after rushing for a career-high 975 yards on 204 carries (4.8-yard average). Barber scored a career-best 14 rushing touchdowns in 2006.

For his career, Barber gained 4,780 yards and scored 53 touchdowns on 1,156 carries (4.1-yard average) in 99 games, including 42 starts. He also caught 179 passes for 1,330 yards and six touchdowns.

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