Cowboys running back Darren McFadden had surgery Tuesday morning to repair a fractured right elbow. He will miss “a couple months,” according to Cowboys coach Jason Garrett.
“Darren McFadden hurt his elbow in an accident at home over Memorial Day weekend,” Garrett said. “He came back in and practiced last week, but it still bothered him, and he told our training staff at the end of the week. And then, in the physical yesterday it was determined he has a break in his elbow.
“… We do anticipate seeing him at some point in training camp. But the surgery went well. We do anticipate him making a full recovery.”
McFadden ranked fourth in the league with 1,089 yards last season after signing as a free agent in the offseason. But the Cowboys signed veteran Alfred Morris in free agency and drafted Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall pick.
“We talk about it all the time: It’s important to build your team in the right way to be able to handle the injuries and the adversities over the course of a 17-[week] season,” Garrett said. “So we want to be deep at all positions. It’s hard to do that in the NFL in this day and age with salary caps and the like, but it’s good to have quality football players in that spot with this injury.”
McFadden, who turns 29 in August, had an injury-plagued first six seasons with the Oakland Raiders. But he has played all 16 games each of the past two seasons.
Garrett said McFadden “possibly” could play in the season opener.