OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (6)
11 hours ago

McFadden is inactive for Sunday's game against the Eagles, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

After playing just one snap in the first game during Ezekiel Elliott's six-week suspension, McFadden finds himself relegated to the inactive list where he's resided for most of the season. The Cowboys would turn to fullback Keith Smith as an emergency backup tailback if Alfred Morris or Rod Smith were to suffer an injury.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (6)
6 days ago

McFadden carried the ball once for minus-2 yards in Sunday's loss to the Falcons.

EDGE Analysis

With Ezekiel Elliott (suspension) unavailable, McFadden was the clear No. 3 in the Cowboys backfield behind Alfred Morris and Rod Smith, although his limited usage may have been partially due to the team's need for extra pass protection with left tackle Tyron Smith (groin) also out of action. McFadden may see a few more touches next week against the Eagles, but it's unlikely he'll suddenly become a major part of the Dallas offense.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (6)
2 weeks ago

McFadden will be active following the reinstatement of Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension Thursday, Jane Slater of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

McFadden has been a healthy scratch for the first half of the season as Alfred Morris served as Elliott's backup and Rod Smith contributed on special teams. Thursday's decision ensures McFadden will be available out of the Cowboys backfield Sunday in Atlanta, but there's no guarantee he'll supersede Morris or Smith in the pecking order.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (6)
2 weeks ago

McFadden's teammate Ezekiel Elliott is eligible to play in Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

A healthy scratch all season, McFadden was expected to play in Sunday's game, though he would've fallen behind Alfred Morris and (possibly) Rod Smith. McFadden could get his shot in Week 10, as Elliott was only granted a temporary stay of his suspension.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (6)
3 weeks ago

McFadden will be the Cowboys' No. 3 running back behind Alfred Morris and Rod Smith on Sunday versus the Chiefs, Jane Slater of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Morris has been confirmed as the starter in Dallas' first game without Ezekiel Elliott, who will start his six-game suspension this weekend. After Morris, the depth chart reads Smith and McFadden. Smith may have earned the role due to his special-teams prowess, which has ensured active status in all seven outings this season. As for McFadden, he's been a regular deactivation on game day. With his first touch of the campaign imminent, though, he'll have a chance to commence his push up the roster.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (6)
3 weeks ago

McFadden is expected to rejoin the game-day roster beginning in Week 9 now that Ezekiel Elliott's court battle to overturn or delay his six-game suspension has failed.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran back has yet to see a snap this season, being inactive for all seven games so far, but with Elliott now sidelined the Cowboys will cash in the insurance policy McFadden represented. His upside is fairly significant running behind the Cowboys' all-world offensive line -- and don't forget that he topped 1,000 rushing yards in 2015 during his first season with Dallas -- but how the team divides touches between McFadden, Alfred Morris and Rod Smith has yet to be determined, making each RB a very volatile fantasy asset until the situation becomes clearer.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (6)
1 month ago

McFadden (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game in San Francisco, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

If the Cowboys hadn't had a Week 6 bye, McFadden may have been active for the first time last weekend. Instead, the legal process first went against Ezekiel Elliott before a court instituted another temporary restraining order, allowing him to play Sunday. As such, Alfred Morris will serve as Elliott's direct backup for yet another game. McFadden's next chance to suit up is next Sunday in Washington. assuming Elliott's suspension is reinstated or Morris suffers an injury.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (6)
1 month ago

McFadden could be included among the Cowboys' seven inactives for the Week 7 matchup with the 49ers after starting running back Ezekiel Elliott was granted a temporary restraining order Tuesday for his six-game suspension, the Associated Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Since being handed the suspension during the preseason in August, Elliott has had the ban overturned twice by the courts, and it remains unlikely that the saga has concluded. However, the most recent legal decision at least tentatively puts Elliott on track to play Sunday against San Francisco, meaning that McFadden will likely miss out on an opportunity to earn his first snaps of 2017. With Elliott having suited up in all five games to date, Alfred Morris has acted as his primary backup, while the lone other running back on the roster, Rod Smith, has seen the bulk of his snaps on special teams. Since McFadden doesn't offer any value on the special teams units, the Cowboys have little reason to keep him active as a third-string option when all of their other running backs are available.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (6)
1 month ago

McFadden could find himself with a role in the Cowboys' offense following the team's Week 6 bye if fellow running back Ezekiel Elliott is forced to begin serving the six-game suspension he was handed by the NFL.

EDGE Analysis

McFadden has been a healthy inactive all season, but if Elliott is ultimately suspended, the Cowboys would likely turn to either him or Alfred Morris as the team's top running back. Morris has been the No. 2 option behind Elliott all season, but McFadden has shown the Cowboys he is capable of handling primary ball-carrier duties, running for over 1,000 yards just two years ago, so the team could decide to look his direction despite the way the depth chart has looked up to this point.

OUTDarren McFadden
RB DAL (6)
1 month ago

McFadden (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Packers, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

A healthy scratch in every game this season, McFadden will likely be a regular on the inactive list unless Ezekiel Elliott's legal prospects take a turn for the worse. The other options is an injury afflicting either Elliott or Alfred Morris. In the end, McFadden isn't deserving of a roster spot in the majority of formats.