IRVING, TX – That Ezikiel Elliot pick doesn’t look too shabby right about now for the Dallas Cowboys.
Last year’s leading rusher for Dallas, Darren McFadden suffered a broken elbow and will miss a significant amount of time.
Cowboys running back Darren McFadden will miss “a couple months” after undergoing surgery on a broken elbow… https://t.co/ukeBYi4qRh
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) June 14, 2016
According to ESPN’s Todd Archer:
Cowboys running back Darren McFadden will miss “a couple months” after undergoing surgery on a broken elbow Monday, according to coach Jason Garrett. McFadden suffered the injury in an accident at his house over the Memorial Day weekend but practiced last week in the organized team activities.
As of now, it is unclear what exactly the “home accident” was, but McFadden’s injury will open the door for No. 4 overall pick Ezekiel Elliott to continue his growth in the Cowboys offense, getting the bulk of the carries.
McFadden, who told reporters during OTA that he was set to compete for carries with Elliott during training camp, but now Elliott is in prime position to take and run with the starting job if he continues to impress the coaching staff over the next couple of months.
The 32-year-old McFadden has had an injury-riddled career, though hit a streak of appearing in 32 straight regular season games over the past two seasons. In his first year in Dallas last season, the 28-year-old earned the workhorse gig, galloping for 1,089 yards and three rushing touchdowns. (NFL.com).
The injury bug has plagued the Cowboys in recent years and only time will tell if their stars can stay healthy throughout the season and into the playoffs, barring they reach that position. Beyond Elliott, the team also has Pro-Bowler Alfred Morris on the depth chart.