Cowboys RB Darren McFadden: 'I'm ready to go'
With the stellar play of Dallas Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott, things are iffy for the returning 2015 starter Darren McFadden. The veteran says he's healthy and ready to go.
It's been nearly five months since Darren McFadden broke his elbow in a freak off-the-field accident.
Things have changed mightily for the Dallas Cowboys since that time, and there are obvious questions regarding what the team will do with the 1,000-yard rusher once he's removed from the NFI (Non-Football Injury) List, which lasts six weeks into the regular season.
The 'Boys are on to their bye week knowing they'll need to make a decision soon on the veteran back, but for his part McFadden says he's chomping at the bit to get back on the field.
“Elbow is feeling great,” McFadden said, via Drew Davison of Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “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.”
In late August, McFadden confessed he was unable to fully extend his injured arm and potentially never would be able to again. Per Davison, on Tuesday the veteran proclaimed his range of motion is “as good as it’s going to get” but noted he has “great strength” in his healed elbow.
Before McFadden went down with the injury, owner Jerry Jones made clear Ezekiel Elliott had not been named starter and it was still McFadden's job. Once the veteran went down, the rookie stepped up and in a historic way. Now McFadden is left to wonder what his role is on the team, as Elliott's play has even diminished the snap count for Alfred Morris as well who sits squarely behind the rookie on the depth chart.
“Whatever the coaches decide for me. I’m a team player," said McFadden. "I want to be out there playing, any way I can contribute. I just want to be out there on the field.”
Working in McFadden's favor is the fact Lance Dunbar is again injured, pitting the two squarely against each other in the realm of who has more value to the team.
Dunbar is more dynamic, but missed nearly the entirety of 2015 with a torn ACL and is again missing games due to knee issues. McFadden delivered a healthy 2015 which saw him rush for 1,089 yards in only 10 starts, so he may have the edge in that respect should the team choose not to carry four active RBs.
A decision is soon cometh in the matter, and the looming NFL trade deadline of Nov. 1 only applies more pressure should the Cowboys entertain trying to move McFadden or Dunbar and gain some assets in the process.
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