The Dallas Cowboys have a crowded running back group thanks to new additions rookie Ezekiel Elliott and veteran Alfred Morris. That meant the odd man out could have been veteran Darren McFadden and there was speculation that “Run DMC” was going to be running elsewhere.
However, it appears the Cowboys are holding onto McFadden. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys do not intend to trade McFadden after fielding calls for the ninth-year pro. Rapoport adds that McFadden is expected to land on the non-football injury list. McFadden hasn’t practiced since May after breaking his elbow in a non-football incident.
It’s been an odd six months for McFadden, who finished fourth in the NFL in rushing with 1,089 yards last season. After supposedly getting his career back on track, the oft-injured tailback saw the Cowboys sign Morris away from the Washington Redskins in March and then draft a potential superstar in Elliott with the No. 4 pick in the draft.
McFadden is one of the few players in the NFL who can say he is fighting for a job after being one of the best in the league at his position a season ago. Of course, it isn’t hard for running backs to run behind Dallas’ standout offensive line.
But with Elliott expected to star and Morris serving as a veteran to spell him, McFadden could find himself pleading for snaps during his second season with the Cowboys.