OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (7)
4 weeks ago

McFadden (elbow) said he may never regain the ability to fully extend his right arm, the Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Officially ruled out for at least the first six weeks of the season, McFadden still hasn't practiced since fracturing his elbow in early June. Even if doesn't regain the ability to fully extend his arm, McFadden should be available by mid-season. It does seem quite possible that McFadden's injury could have a long-term impact on his ability to contribute in the passing game, but the Cowboys already have a pair of capable receiving backs in Ezekiel Elliott and Lance Dunbar (knee). As for early downs, Alfred Morris is expected to serve as Elliott's top backup.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (7)
4 weeks ago3 Comments

The Cowboys placed McFadden (elbow) on the reserve/non-football injury list, Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despite his recent statement that he's ready to practice, McFadden will be unavailable for the first six games of the season as he continues his recovery from a fractured elbow. Once drills are on the docket, he'll be on course for a return after the Cowboys complete their bye (Week 8), but the rushing attack will instead be headed by 2016 first-round pick Ezekiel Elliott.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (7)
1 month ago

McFadden (elbow) feels ready to return to practice, The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports. "Oh, yeah, definitely," McFadden said Thursday. "It's one of those things I'm working with the trainers. They have me on the right track, keep me going."

EDGE Analysis

He's missed all of training camp and the preseason as he recovers from elbow surgery, but McFadden is finally ready to begin getting back into game shape. Whether he gets back onto the field with the Cowboys is another question though, as Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris are locked into the top two spots on the depth chart, Lance Dunbar will resume his pass-catching specialist role after last year's knee injury, and sixth round pick Darius Jackson has looked good when given the opportunity during preseason action. There simply may be no room for McFadden on the roster.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (7)
1 month ago

McFadden (elbow) has yet to resume practicing as of Sunday, the Cowboys' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

With no practice reps under his belt and one preseason contest to go, McFadden is on pace to enter the regular season sans game action, which cannot be simulated in drills. At this stage, he would only be a complementary runner anyway due to Ezekiel Elliott's appearance in last Thursday's exhibition and Alfred Morris' competent play this preseason, but McFadden still has no timeline for a return from breaking his elbow in the offseason.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (7)
2 months ago

McFadden (elbow) remains a ways off from a potential return to the field, Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports. According to coach Jason Garrett, "We don't anticipate him playing real soon, but he's working hard."

EDGE Analysis

McFadden is without a timetable for a return to practice, making it questionable if he'll even participate in any of the Cowboys' preseason games. McFadden will continue to go through rest and rehabilitation while listed on the team's NFI list, but once healthy, will have to fend off Alfred Morris for the rights to be the backup of current projected starter, Ezekiel Elliott.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (7)
2 months ago

McFadden (elbow) has no timetable for a return to practice, Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News reports. "I'm just working, strengthening it and getting everything back together," McFadden said Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Although a recent bone scan yielded positive results, a broken elbow is not to be trifled with. As a result, rest and rehabilitation will dominate McFadden's upcoming schedule, with an unfortunate consequence that he won't be able to stake a claim to the top backup running back job to Ezekiel Elliott. As long as McFadden is sidelined, free-agent pickup Alfred Morris is the favorite to hold down the fort behind Elliott.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (7)
2 months ago1 Comment

McFadden (elbow) is on track to be ready for Week 1, after receiving good news from a recent bone scan, Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports.

EDGE Analysis

McFadden had surgery in mid-June on his fractured elbow, with the recovery timeline estimated at 2-3 months. He should still be considered questionable for the start of the season and will presumably miss the majority of training camp. McFadden figures to start camp on the Non-Football Injury list, as he broke his elbow in a unfortunate off-field accident this summer, trying to prevent his cell phone from falling off a counter.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (7)
3 months ago

McFadden (elbow) could miss three months, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Cowboys haven't provided any hints about McFadden's timeline since June 14, when head coach Jason Garrett said the veteran running back will miss "a couple months" after having surgery on his fractured elbow, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Early reports suggested that McFadden is expected to return at some point during training camp, which would likely give him a shot to be ready for Week 1. Subsequent reports have been a bit more pessimistic, suggesting McFadden will miss 2-3 months, with his rehab process potentially stretching closer to the regular season. Alfred Morris figures to take most of the second-team reps when training camp begins, but sixth-round rookie Darius Jackson could push for a role.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (7)
4 months ago

McFadden underwent surgery on a fractured elbow Tuesday, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

McFadden participated in OTAs while dealing with elbow pain all last week, but an X-ray revealed that the issue is actually a fracture, which means he won't participate in this week's minicamp. Given that the injury required surgery, it's quite possible McFadden's absence will extend into training camp, though he is expected to return at some point before camp ends, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. This could help Ezekiel Elliott's bid to secure the lead role, and it might also assist Alfred Morris' effort to land a key backup job. McFadden has been mentioned as a possible trade candidate, but his likely absence for part of training camp could make it tougher to find a partner, if the Cowboys are indeed interested in trading him.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (7)
4 months ago

McFadden split first-team reps with rookie Ezekiel Elliott during this week's OTAs, The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

McFadden worked with the ones during the first week of OTAs, but Elliott got his first opportunity with the starters last week when the veteran was away for personal reasons. The Cowboys are making a show of having Elliott earn his spot, but despite McFadden's impressive performance for Dallas last season, he still figures to begin the regular season on the bench or even in another uniform.