The Dallas Cowboys don’t owe running back Darren McFadden anything after McFadden suffered a freak injury and was placed on the non-football injury list in August.
However, the Cowboys have been paying McFadden’s full $1.25 million salary even though they don’t have to, according to CBSSports.com’s Joel Corry. McFadden was placed on the NFI list after fracturing his elbow when he slipped poolside. Teams are not obligated to pay players on the NFI list while they’re injured, but the Cowboys are doing so in a classy gesture.
McFadden should have been activated off the NFI list Sunday and the Cowboys will have three weeks to activate him. The good news is the Cowboys haven’t missed McFadden much, as rookie Ezekiel Elliott has starred in his absence. Elliott already has 1,089 yards through the first six games of his career.
Obviously, $1.25 million isn’t a substantial hit against the salary cap. But perhaps the Cowboys are showing their appreciation for McFadden after he rushed for 1,089 yards and three touchdowns in his first season with Dallas.
In a league where every dollar and cent matters, it’s nice to see a franchise take care of a player despite unfortunate circumstances.