Cowboys' Darren McFadden: Participates in limited capacity versus Eagles
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McFadden carried seven times for 28 yards and caught two of three targets for 19 additional yards in Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Eagles.
McFadden started the game with Ezekiel Elliott held out but only received a third of the team's carries in the game, as they distributed the burden in that category among several options. Although his workload was limited, McFadden looked explosive on a couple of different plays, and will be one of the more capable backup runners active during the postseason.
McFadden (illness) is active for Sunday's game in Philadelphia, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
McFadden entered the weekend with a cloud hanging over his Week 17 availability due to an illness that forced him to sit out Friday's practice. The concern was only temporary, though, and he'll be available once Ezekiel Elliott takes a seat after his obligatory 1-to-2 offensive possessions. If McFadden experiences a recurrence of symptoms, Alfred Morris and Lance Dunbar would receive an unexpected opportunity to contribute in the regular season finale.
Cowboys' Darren McFadden: Questionable after missing practice
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McFadden (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports.
McFadden was set to receive the bulk of Dallas' backfield snaps once starter Ezekiel Elliott is pulled from Sunday's game, but after missing Friday's practice due to illness, his status is now in question to even play in Week 17. If McFadden is still sick Sunday, Alfred Morris and Lance Dunbar could instead benefit most from Elliott being preserved for the playoffs.
McFadden is not practicing Friday due to illness, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.
McFadden's illness couldn't come at a worse time, as he is anticipated to receive the bulk of the Cowboys' running back duties once starter Ezekiel Elliott is pulled from Sunday's game. Although McFadden obviously still has time to get healthy, he runs the risk of losing snaps to Alfred Morris and Lance Dunbar if his sickness doesn't subside by Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff. As a result, fantasy owners will need to keep an eye on McFadden's condition before cementing their expectations of him.
Cowboys' Darren McFadden: Likely handling most of RB reps in Week 17
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McFadden is expected to handle most of the reps at running back Sunday at Philadelphia, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Cowboys cannot lose their standing as the No. 1 seed in the NFC, but the health of key players is paramount for the divisional round and potentially beyond. As such, Ezekiel Elliott will be in the backfield on the Cowboys' first offensive possession of Week 17, only to be removed at a point perhaps known just to head coach Jason Garrett. Whenever that occurs, McFadden will take on most of the backfield touches.