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Darren McFadden | Running Back | #20

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/27/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 220
College: Arkansas
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (4) / OAK
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Darren McFadden (elbow, NFI) may never be able to fully straighten his right arm again.
The "home injury" McFadden suffered in June has been gradually revealed to be more serious over time. Already sidelined for the first six games of the season, it's possible McFadden doesn't suit up at all in 2016. He's a stretch to own in Dynasty leagues. Sep 5 - 2:27 PM

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Cowboys placed RB Darren McFadden (elbow) on the reserve/NFI list.

The reserve/NFI works exactly the same as reserve/PUP, sidelining McFadden for the first six games of the season. If the Cowboys make it through the first month of the season healthy in the backfield, perhaps they'll try trading McFadden to a running back-needy team. Alfred Morris will open the season as Ezekiel Elliott's handcuff and is worth stashing in 12- and 14-team leagues.
Sep 3 - 3:05 PM

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (elbow, active/NFI) said he is "definitely" ready to return to practice.

McFadden has not practiced since June because of a fractured right elbow. "I've had great improvement as far as strength-wise and motion-wise," McFadden said. "It's been great improvement for me." McFadden might be ready to return, but the Cowboys might not want him back just yet. With Alfred Morris running well behind Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas could save a roster spot by keeping McFadden on the NFI to start the season. If they do, he will be forced to miss at least the first six games.
Sep 2 - 5:07 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys "have received calls" from teams wanting to acquire Darren McFadden, but Dallas "really wants to keep him."

Dealing with a severe elbow injury, McFadden is expected to begin the season on the Cowboys' reserve/NFI list should he stay put in Dallas. If not, he could be available earlier if cleared by another team's doctors. Alfred Morris has played well enough this preseason to open 2016 as Ezekiel Elliott's clear backup. McFadden is owed $1.75 million in the last year of his deal.
Aug 30 - 2:36 PM

Darren McFadden (elbow) has progressed to doing rehab work in shoulder pads.

The same goes for Lance Dunbar (knee). McFadden is going to sit out all of the preseason, but signs continue to point toward him being ready for Week 1, and quite possibly sooner. He is the best handcuff for Zeke Elliott owners.
Aug 15 - 4:54 PM

Coach Jason Garrett doesn’t expect Darren McFadden (elbow, active/NFI) to return soon.

McFadden was given a two-month timetable in mid-June. He’s made progress with his rehab, but isn’t a lock to play in preseason games. McFadden remains on track for Week 1.
Aug 10 - 4:21 PM

ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer told SiriusXM's Mike Clay that Darren McFadden (elbow, active/NFI) could be on the trading block.

With No. 4 overall pick Ezekiel Elliott locked-in as the starter and Alfred Morris a solid enough backup, the Cowboys can afford to trade McFadden. Desperate for help on defense, moving McFadden for a linebacker or defensive end would make a lot of sense. McFadden remains on active/NFI with an elbow injury, but he is expected to be ready for Week 1.
Aug 9 - 10:03 AM

Cowboys placed RB Darren McFadden (elbow) on the active/NFI list.

McFadden remains out after breaking his elbow in an accident at home this offseason. He's expected back sometime during camp and ahead of Week 1.
Jul 29 - 11:37 AM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Darren McFadden's (elbow) bone scan came back "good," and he's expected to be ready Week 1.

McFadden broke his elbow in an accident at home last month. He was given a two-month timetable, and everything seems to be on track. With Ezekiel Elliott likely to handle the lion's share of work, DMC will be a mere change-of-pace.
Jul 27 - 12:58 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Darren McFadden (elbow) "hopes" to return during the preseason.

McFadden will have scans on his broken elbow Monday. Given a two-month timetable after undergoing surgery in mid-June, McFadden could theoretically be ready by the Cowboys' third preseason game on August 25. With Ezekiel Elliott's immediate future in question following assault allegations -- although early indications suggest the allegations are unfounded -- McFadden's health has suddenly taken on increased importance.
Jul 22 - 4:27 PM

ESPN Dallas reports Darren McFadden (elbow) is questionable for Week 1.

Dallas gave McFadden a two month timetable following his mid-June surgery. He’s still in a brace, and is going to miss the majority of training camp. McFadden’s injury could allow Alfred Morris to open the year as the No. 2 back.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jun 29 - 6:33 PM

Darren McFadden broke his elbow in an accident at home and will require surgery.

McFadden reportedly practiced with the injury last week. He'll undergo surgery Tuesday and is expected to miss about two months. That means he won't be ready until the end of training camp. This only strengthens Ezekiel Elliott's already-tight grip on the Cowboys' starting running back job. McFadden will have to hold off Alfred Morris for No. 2 back duties when he gets healthy.
Jun 14 - 12:24 PM

ESPN's Todd Archer believes it is still possible the Cowboys trade Darren McFadden.

Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said the team turned down offers for both McFadden and Alfred Morris during the draft, but it is possible they will feel more comfortable letting one of them go once No. 4 overall pick Ezekiel Elliott gets settled in. McFadden brings more to the passing game than Morris, but Morris just signed in March. No matter what the Cowboys decide to do behind Elliott, the rookie should be the clear lead back.
Source: ESPN
May 31 - 1:01 PM

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones says the team isn't interested in trading Darren McFadden or Alfred Morris.

"We got calls during the draft asking to trade for a couple of our running backs, and we just don’t have that interest," Jones said. There's little urgency for the Cowboys to unload McFadden or Morris right now, but that could change if Ezekiel Elliott tears up camp and the preseason, as is likely. DMC offers passing-game insurance behind rehabbing Lance Dunbar (ACL) that Morris has never provided. If either player were to be traded, it would be for a conditional late-rounder.
May 26 - 4:48 PM

Owner Jerry Jones still views Darren McFadden as the team's starting running back despite Tuesday's signing of Alfred Morris.

We don't doubt it, but the "starter" designation probably won't be all that meaningful in Dallas in 2016. Morris and McFadden are both more early-down types, but DMC can handle third-down work if need be. Morris is one of the league's very worst pass-catching backs. It's possible Morris handles early downs and McFadden passing situations as the Cowboys wait on Lance Dunbar (torn ACL) to get back to full health.
Mar 22 - 4:36 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Dak Prescott
2Mark Sanchez
3Tony Romo
RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Alfred Morris
3Lance Dunbar
4Darius Jackson
5Darren McFadden
GLB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Alfred Morris
3RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Lance Dunbar
FB1Keith Smith
2Rod Smith
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Lucky Whitehead
WR21Terrance Williams
2Brice Butler
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2Geoff Swaim
3James Hanna
LT1Tyron Smith
LG1La'El Collins
2Ronald Leary
C1Travis Frederick
2Joe Looney
RG1Zack Martin
RT1Doug Free
2Chaz Green
K1Dan Bailey