OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (7)
6 days ago

The Cowboys expect McFadden (elbow) to be available to play before his three-week window for a return closes, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

The team open the aforementioned window during the week of Thanksgiving, so the best bet for McFadden's first game action of the season likely arrives on Dec. 11 against the Giants in New York. If and when he's active, he'll likely hold down a pass-catching role, while giving Ezekiel Elliott the occasional breather in anticipation of a long playoff run.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (7)
2 weeks ago

McFadden (elbow) is expected to be activated from the non-football injury list this week, the Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

McFadden will not necessarily be ready to play immediately upon being activated from the NFI list, but when he is, that will give the Cowboys 21 days to decide whether to add him to the active roster or place him on injured reserve. Jones said McFadden "looks to be healthy," and indicated he would be added to the roster "at some point," so it seems more likely than not that he will be able to play at some point before the regular season comes to a close.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (7)
1 month ago

McFadden (elbow) is not eligible to be traded, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Cowboys needed to remove McFadden from the non-football injury list Monday in order to trade him before Tuesday's deadline. The veteran running back said two weeks ago he was healthy enough to play, but even if that's indeed the case, it's not clear there's any role for him on the Dallas roster. McFadden might eventually be ruled out for the season or even released with (or possibly without) an injury settlement.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (7)
2 months ago

McFadden says he's ready to play after recovering from offseason elbow surgery, The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports. "Elbow is feeling great," McFadden said. "Just sitting back and waiting for my time to get back on the field. It's pretty much up to the coaches. I'm ready to go, so it's just based off their decision."

EDGE Analysis

He's eligible to come off the NFI list this week, but with the Cowboys on bye in Week 7 they will be in no rush to try and find room for McFadden on the 53-man roster. Ezekiel Elliott's tremendous start means that the veteran would be a depth player at best anyway in Dallas, but with backfield injuries starting to pile up around the league McFadden's best chance to see significant action this season might have to come via a trade.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (7)
2 months ago

McFadden (elbow) may not have a role in the Dallas offense when he is ready to return, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

McFadden can't return any earlier than Week 8, and even if he's ready at that point, there's no clear role for him in the Dallas offense, as Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris have both been effective, with Lance Dunbar (knee) doing solid work on passing downs. It is possible Dunbar's injury could linger, which might open up some passing-down work for McFadden. However, the 29-year-old said he may never regain full extension of his injured arm, raising questions about his ability to contribute as a receiver. What's more, Elliott is a perfectly capable pass-catcher in his own right, and was likely drafted with the expectation that he'll be a big part of the passing game at some point in his career. If McFadden doesn't have a role in the offense, it would be tough to justify keeping him on the roster, as he's unlikely to contribute on special teams. The Cowboys might therefore consider a trade, but it's hard to imagine they'd get much, if anything, in exchange for an aging running back coming off a major injury. There are very few leagues in which it makes sense to own McFadden.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (7)
3 months 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)
3 months 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)
3 months 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)
3 months 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)
4 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.