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Darren McFadden | Running Back

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/27/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 220
College: Arkansas
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Darren McFadden managed 11 yards on 10 carries in the Cowboys' Week 12 loss to Carolina, but caught 4-of-6 targets for 45 yards and a two-point conversion.
The Panthers entered this one playing shutdown run defense and continued to do so against Dallas, relentlessly stuffing McFadden at the line of scrimmage and throwing him for losses. Fantasy owners should consider themselves lucky that McFadden scored a meaningless late-game two-point conversion and caught several checkdown passes. Still seeing every-down, workhorse usage, McFadden will be a high-end RB2 at worst against Washington's porous run defense in Week 13. Nov 26 - 8:09 PM

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Darren McFadden rushed 29 times for 129 yards in Dallas' Week 11 win over the Dolphins, adding three receptions for 20 yards.

So much for McFadden's groin being an issue. DMC looked sluggish early, but put the Cowboys on his back as they killed the clock late. In desperate need of a stop, the Dolphins couldn't contain DMC as he earned three first downs on Dallas' final drive. DMC figures to get in little, if any, practice time on a short week, but getting truly monstrous workloads, he'll be an RB1 on Thanksgiving against the Panthers.
Nov 22 - 4:51 PM

Darren McFadden (groin) is active for Week 11 against the Dolphins.

McFadden was never expected to sit after tweaking his groin in practice, but his workload has been the center of some debate. The consensus seems to be that he'll be operating without limitations in a gorgeous, gorgeous matchup. Even with the injury risk, DMC needs to be fired up as an RB1. Inactive for the Cowboys are WR Brice Butler, CB Morris Claiborne, RB Trey Williams, LB Mark Nzeocha, OG Ron Leary, TE Geoff Swaim and DE Ryan Russell. Williams sitting is a sign the Cowboys aren't overly concerned with DMC's health.
Nov 22 - 11:37 AM

ESPN's Ed Werder said the Cowboys will use Darren McFadden (groin) "as much as possible" Sunday against the Dolphins.

A Dallas Morning News report Saturday suggested McFadden might see his workload scaled back this week but Werder said that's not a concern. McFadden has averaged 26.25 touches per game since taking over as the starter in Week 7. He'll be on the RB1 borderline Sunday against a Miami squad that has allowed the second-most rushing yards per game this season.
Nov 22 - 9:58 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirmed Darren McFadden (groin) is expected to play Sunday against the Dolphins.

Rapsheet said he's "good to go." McFadden saw limited reps at practice this week after tweaking his groin on Wednesday but his status was never in doubt. A Dallas Morning News report suggested McFadden might not see his usual workload Sunday because of the wet conditions expected in Miami. With that in mind, McFadden is probably closer to an RB2 this week.
Nov 22 - 8:24 AM

According to the Dallas Morning News, Darren McFadden's (questionable, groin) carries "could be reduced" in Week 11 at Miami.

The Morning News is clearly speculating, basing this suggestion on a combination of McFadden's tender groin and "wet conditions" in the forecast for Sunday's game at Sun Life Stadium. Cowboys beat writer Jon Machota confirms Robert Turbin is likely to be McFadden's top backup, with Rod Smith third in line.
Nov 21 - 2:11 AM

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said Friday that Darren McFadden (questionable, groin) is fully expected to play in Week 11 at Miami.

Specifically, Jones stated "all indications" are that McFadden "will be fine to play Sunday." McFadden was limited in Thursday and Friday's practices, but it sounds like those restrictions were placed on him for precautionary reasons. He should be fired up as a borderline RB1 in a plus matchup.
Nov 20 - 7:55 PM

Darren McFadden (groin) is listed as questionable for Week 11 against the Dolphins.

After participating in Friday's practice, McFadden assured beat writers that he's "good," and his limitations during the week were only as a "precaution." Now facing a weak Miami run defense that will be without WLB Jelani Jenkins (ankle, doubtful), McFadden has a gorgeous Week 11 matchup if the groin holds up. Robert Turbin will be McFadden's top backup on Sunday.
Nov 20 - 3:59 PM

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Darren McFadden's groin injury "popped up" in Wednesday's practice.

After the tweak, Garrett stated the Cowboys would take "a cautious approach rest of week with him." McFadden was "limited" in Thursday's practice, and again participated in Friday's session. He assured reporters Friday that "I'm good." Still, news from Garrett does indicate McFadden has an injury, and his Thursday limitations were not entirely to "keep him fresh," as was reported by NFL Network. This remains a situation to monitor. We do fully expect McFadden to start against the Dolphins.
Nov 20 - 1:53 PM

Darren McFadden (groin) is practicing on Friday.

He was seen doing drills and catching passes from Tony Romo. The Cowboys limited McFadden on Thursday to "(keep) him fresh." He'll probably be listed as questionable, but McFadden should play and see his normal workload Sunday against the Dolphins. McFadden has been a borderline RB1 since becoming the Cowboys' starter in Week 7.
Nov 20 - 12:22 PM's Ian Rapoport reports Darren McFadden's (groin) limited practice on Thursday was simply an effort to "(keep) him fresh."

Rapsheet insists the issue is "nothing serious." We'd like to believe that, but freshening efforts rarely involve a player going from off the injury report to "limited" one day later. We wouldn't consider the matter case closed until we see McFadden's Friday status.
Nov 19 - 4:18 PM

Darren McFadden was added to the Cowboys' injury report on Thursday, getting in a limited session with a groin issue.

McFadden must have suffered the injury in Thursday's practice. We'd like to think it's nothing, but mid-week additions to the injury report are never good news, while we're talking about one of the most injury prone players in the NFL. For now owners can leave McFadden penciled in as their RB1, but his Friday status will be key. The Cowboys have only "Rod Smith," Robert Turbin and Trey Williams behind DMC at running back.
Nov 19 - 3:49 PM

Darren McFadden rushed 17 times for 32 yards in Dallas' Week 10 loss to the Bucs, adding three receptions for 26 yards.

There were no running lanes against the Bucs' stout run defense, and Matt Cassel couldn't sustain enough drives with completions. Thankfully for the Cowboys' new workhorse back, Tony Romo is expected back for next week's game against the Dolphins. DMC will be a locked-in RB1 against one of the league's worst run defenses.
Nov 15 - 4:56 PM

Darren McFadden has just five negative runs since taking over the starting job.

He has eight runs of 10 or more yards in that span, which is the third most in the league. McFadden has at least 20 carries in each of the last three games and is averaging just over 28 touches. Even in a tough matchup against the Bucs, McFadden's workload makes him a borderline RB1.
Source: ESPN
Nov 12 - 11:30 AM

Darren McFadden rushed 27 times for 117 yards in the Cowboys' Sunday night Week 9 loss to the Eagles.

He added one catch for five yards on two targets. It's the second straight 20-plus carry game for McFadden, but he failed to convert on any red-zone chances. McFadden did most of his damage in the first half, with the Eagles limiting him to 38 second-half yards. He was an every-down back over Christine Michael, who didn't play any snaps. McFadden's on pace for a 226/924/4 line.
Nov 9 - 12:44 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Tony Romo
2Matt Cassel
RB1Darren McFadden
2Rod Smith
3Robert Turbin
4Trey Williams
GLB1Darren McFadden
2Rod Smith
3RB1Darren McFadden
2Rod Smith
FB1Tyler Clutts
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Devin Street
WR21Terrance Williams
2Lucky Whitehead
3Brice Butler
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2Gavin Escobar
3James Hanna
4Geoff Swaim
LT1Tyron Smith
2Charles Brown
LG1La'El Collins
2Ronald Leary
C1Travis Frederick
2Mackenzy Bernadeau
RG1Zack Martin
RT1Doug Free
K1Dan Bailey