Darren McFadden said his Memorial Day slip and fall could have long lasting repercussions.
While McFadden showed reporters in the locker room on Monday that he still can’t fully extend his right elbow, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reported that McFadden was asked if he will ever regain full extension.
“It’s kind of up in the air,” McFadden said. “Anytime I ask, they say it’s a possibility it could. And then sometimes with that injury it does happen that way (not getting full extension back).”
The elbow was fractured when he slipped while at a pool on Memorial Day. The injury kept McFadden out of the preseason, and he will be on the Cowboys’ non-football injury list for the first six weeks of the regular season. He also told George he feels there is no reason he won’t be ready to return after six weeks.
McFadden had his best season in some years with the Cowboys in 2015. He rushed for 1,089 yards, fourth-best in the league, 3 touchdowns and averaged 4.6 yards per carry.
It was McFadden’s first 1,000-plus yard rushing season since 2010, when he played for the Oakland Raiders.
He will have to be better than that to hold off the Cowboys’ first-round draft pick from 2016. Ezekiel Elliot was one of best running backs in college football during his time at Ohio State, and has garnered rave reviews about his performance in training camp.
McFadden seemed to have found a home with another former Arkansas Razorbacks player, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. The hope is he will be able to share the load with Elliot for the second half of the season and help take Dallas back to the playoffs.