Darren McFadden Injury: Updates on Cowboys RB's Recovery from Elbow Surgery

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 13:  Darren McFadden #20 of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on September 13, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden suffered an elbow injury over Memorial Day weekend and has no timetable for return after undergoing surgery on June 14.

Continue for updates.


McFadden Comments on Recovery

Monday, Sept. 5

The Dallas Morning News' Brandon George noted that "McFadden said he can't straighten his right arm all the way yet. Said it's "up in the air' if he'll ever be able to extend it all way.'

McFadden clarified how he suffered the elbow injury, saying he fell on concrete near a pool, per Pete Perkins of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on June 29: "I just slipped down and landed on my elbow. My phone was in my hand, and so people kind of put that story out."


Garrett Comments on McFadden's Timeline for Return

Wednesday, Aug. 10

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett told reporters McFadden is "still a little bit away" from hitting the practice field and is not expected to play "real soon."


Latest on McFadden's Recovery

Thursday, July 28

Jason Cole of Bleacher Report reported that McFadden's bone scan provided good news for the Cowboys and that the running back is set to be ready for the start of the season:


McFadden Suffered Broken Elbow in Home Accident

Tuesday, June 14

Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown told reporters that McFadden fell on his elbow "trying to keep from dropping his cell phone," per George.

George also noted the two-month timetable for a broken elbow, per Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. Clarence Hill of the Star-Telegram confirmed the running back underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the damage.


McFadden's Injury the Latest in a Long List of Ailments in Career

Although there were moments when McFadden flashed vintage playmaking ability en route to 1,089 rushing yards last season, injuries remain a key part of his story. He's struggled to stay on the field consistently enough to make a major impact in recent years.

The 2008 first-round pick of the Oakland Raiders owns an extensive injury history. Last season marked just the second time he's played more than 13 games in a season. He also did it in 2014-15 with a lighter workload. More recently on the injury front, he dealt with a groin injury last November.

Alfred Morris will get the first crack at a heavier workload behind fourth overall pick Ezekiel Elliott. 

The arrival of Elliott means the latest setback for McFadden won't have as large of an impact as it would have had last season.