Barber was placed on the injured reserve list Tuesday, ending his season thanks to a torn anterior cruciate ligament. ''There's an energy level Shawn brings to the game and to practice,'' coach Marty Schottenheimer said. ''I'm a big fan of Pierce, but he can't bring that. We're going to miss Shawn a great deal. But there's no sense feeling sorry for yourself.'' His absence was noticed by the players, especially with end Marco Coleman, the other vocal leader, sidelined as well. ''That kid there is the most beloved,'' corner Darrell Green said of Barber. ''We went out there for our walk-through today and I saw Shawn and I said, 'Shawn, I was just saying how much I missed you.' It's his leadership, his energy and his talent. He's sorely missed.'' Barber will be replaced, at least in the short term, by rookie Antonio Pierce. Also, Robert Jones will start at strongside linebacker, if LaVar Arrington (knee) can't play. Jones started 12 games at outside linebacker with Miami last year. Barber is in the final year of his contract. But, he said, he doesn't think this will play a factor in negotiations. He sounded like someone who wanted to return. He also sounded obviously disappointed. ''I want to be able to contribute as much as I can,'' Barber said. ''I may have to contribute as a motivator. I want to begin this as soon as possible so I can get back as soon as possible.''
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