The Cowboys already have the NFL’s leading rusher in Ezekiel Elliott, who already has 703 yards and five touchdowns through six games. Two-time Pro Bowler Alfred Morris has proven to be a worthy spell for the rookie phenom so far as well. Still, in spite of how impressive the combo has been, the Dallas ground attack might have room for improvement.
Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Darren McFadden is ready to come off of the non-football injury list after undergoing offseason elbow surgery. After sitting out the first six weeks, the ninth-year back is eligible to return, and for what it’s worth, McFadden thinks he is ready to go.
“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.”
McFadden led the Cowboys in rushing just a season ago, going for 1,089 yards with a 4.6 average and three touchdowns. He also finished with 40 receptions for 328 yards. While McFadden has spent much of his career battling nagging injuries and had trouble finding room to run behind patchwork offensive lines in Oakland, the former fourth-overall draft pick proved he can still be an effective ball carrier in this league.
Which is why the Cowboys should be excited about the possibility of adding yet another dynamic running back to their loaded backfield. Obviously, McFadden isn’t coming back to a full-time job with Elliott’s incredible start, but he might be able to take carries from Morris or Lance Dunbar, who are a little more limited athletically.
With injuries beginning to mount around the league, McFadden might be an intriguing trade chip as well. First, the Cowboys will have to get him in uniform and give a few carries to prove the elbow is healthy. If nothing else, it’s just one more weapon for a loaded Dallas offense and a fallback option should anything happen to Elliott.