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. 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.
McFadden (elbow) is expected to be activated from the non-football injury list this week, the Dallas Morning News reports. 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.
McFadden (elbow) is not eligible to be traded, ESPN's Todd Archer reports. 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.
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." 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.
McFadden (elbow) may not have a role in the Dallas offense when he is ready to return, ESPN.com reports. 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.
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