Darren McFadden questionable for opener after surgery on broken elbow

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Darren McFadden has undergone elbow surgery. McFadden broke his elbow in an accident at home and had surgery on it on June 12th. McFadden doesn’t have a solid timeline and may miss the season opener. The Cowboys will no doubt hope to have McFadden back soon.

Cowboys Runningback Coach, Gary Brown, told Dallas Morning News McFadden fell on his elbow trying not to drop his cell phone. This happened over Memorial Day weekend. McFadden took part in last week’s OTAs, wearing a protective sleeve on his arm, but he did not say anything to the team’s athletic training staff until Friday. A team physical on Monday revealed that McFadden had a break in his elbow and he went into surgery in Tuesday.

“I don’t want to put too much of a timetable on it,” head coach Jason Garrett said. “They said the surgery went well, and the overarching thing was a couple months. So we’ll see how he responds to everything, but we do anticipate him being back at some point in training camp and possibly being able to play in the opener.”. This comes after a resurgent season for McFadden last year as he led all Cowboys running backs with 1,089 yards, despite not becoming the number one running back until week 6. McFadden did not miss a game last season.

The Cowboys selected Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall pick in the NFL draft in April with the idea that he’d be the lead back in 2016. McFadden and Elliott split the first-team work in last week’s OTAs. The Cowboys signed veteran Alfred Morris in free agency and took Darius Jackson in the sixth round of the draft. “It’s important to build your team the right way to be able to handle the injuries and the adversities over the course of a [16-]game season,” Garrett said, “You want to be deep at all positions. It’s hard to do that in the NFL in this day and age with the salary caps and the like, but it’s good to have quality football players at that spot with this injury.”.

The Cowboys conclude their offseason program this week and are scheduled to fly to training camp in Oxnard, California, on July 28. “We do anticipate seeing him at some point in training camp,” Garrett said. The Cowboys no doubt hope to have McFadden back before the season starts. McFadden can take some reps off rookie back Ezekiel Elliott and help to keep Elliott fresh late into the season granted he can get and stay healthy himself.

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