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Mon, 19 Dec 2011 07:36 PM EST

All those Bears fans aching to know just what precisely was going through Marion Barber’s mind when he ran prohibited during Q4 of Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos must keep waiting for an explanation, Barber is done pondering last week. The running back’s eyes only are on Sunday’s game versus the Seattle Seahawks. Baseball spreads

In his first public interview since Sunday’s game, Barber told the Bears’ official team website he’s no longer concerned about the Broncos game. Baseball lines

“I’m looking forward to this week,” Barber said to the site. “Practice yesterday, guys are truly pumped up about this the week after next, and that’s truly what it’s all about.”

Barber had kept silent up until Thursday, refusing to chat to the Chicago media in the aftermath of the Bears’ overtime loss and following Wednesday’s practice. The Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday that Barber would be fined $10,000 if he failed to speak to the media by Friday, and he’d be subject to a fresh $20,000 fine if he rejected interview requests following Sunday’s game.

Barber, who rarely speaks to the media in happy times or bad and describes himself as an introverted guy, made two vital mistakes that directly led to the Broncos ‘ comeback. The first came when he inexplicably ran prohibited with less than 2 minutes in the game, the Broncos out of timeouts, and the Bears adhering to a three-point lead.

The second came on the first possession of overtime when he fumbled on the Denver 33-yard line after rushing for a first down.

Asked for his thoughts on his performance, in which he also surged for 108 yards and a touchdown, Barber answered:

“My thoughts on it is becoming to this next week and just preparing as much as i can to be prepared for this game of course.”

When the columnist then tried to bring up the play when Barber ran forbidden, the running back cut him off and related, “I’m not trying hard to be impertinent, but I just move on. Just bear with me.”

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