OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (7)
23 hours 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)
3 weeks 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)
1 month 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)
1 month 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)
2 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)
3 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)
3 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.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (7)
3 months ago

McFadden could become a trade candidate by the end of the summer, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Cowboys probably wouldn't be comfortable trading McFadden at the moment, as receiving specialist Lance Dunbar (torn ACL) is no lock to be ready for Week 1 and Alfred Morris isn't a real option for passing downs. However, the Cowboys might ultimately be comfortable with a backfield comprised of Ezekiel Elliott, Morris and Dunbar, if the latter is indeed available by the beginning of the season. It's unclear if a trade would help or hurt McFadden's fantasy stock, as the top backup job in Dallas could make him a valuable handcuff for Elliott owners. All of this, of course, assumes that Elliott will put together a competent camp and claim the lead role, as expected. If the No. 4 overall selection appears surprisingly out of his element, McFadden won't be going anywhere.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (7)
4 months ago

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said McFadden is "still in the picture" for the Dallas running game, the team's official website reports.

EDGE Analysis

McFadden and Alfred Morris both saw their 2016 stock plummet when the Cowboys drafted Ezekiel Elliott at No. 4 overall. The rookie profiles as a three-down workhorse in the NFL, possibly even taking on such a role by Week 1. McFadden won't necessarily disappear from the offense, but it's quite possible that he merely ends up battling Morris for whatever scraps Elliott leaves behind. Granted, there might still be handcuff appeal in such a scenario, as the Cowboys have a phenomenal offensive line.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (7)
5 months ago

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he still views McFadden as the starting running back but expects free-agent signee Alfred Morris to have a substantiative role, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports.

EDGE Analysis

Jones is probably getting a bit ahead of himself, as Morris might be able to take over the starting job with strong showings in training camp and the preseason. It is fair to assume that McFadden will open camp as the first-team running back, coming off a season in which he recorded 1,417 scrimmage yards while averaging 4.6 yards per carry. Receiving specialist Lance Dunbar (knee) could also be in the mix for a significant role, potentially creating a three-headed backfield.