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Jerry Jones: We’ll have Darren McFadden up at some point

Darren McFadden (right) could return to practice this week.
Darren McFadden (right) could return to practice this week. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

The Dallas Cowboys will activate running back Darren McFadden off the non-football injury list, owner Jerry Jones said, which will start a three-week practice window for McFadden. By the end of the three weeks, the team must decide whether to place McFadden on the 53-man roster or on season-ending injured reserve.

“He looks to be healthy, and we’ll have him up at some point,” Jones said.

McFadden, 29, underwent surgery on his right elbow this off-season, and has been on the NFI list all season. He ranked fourth in rushing in the NFL a season ago, compiling 1,089 rushing yards.

But a role for McFadden is unknown at this point. Rookie Ezekiel Elliott is leading the league in rushing and has proven to be a home-run threat every time he touches the ball.

Plus, Alfred Morris has been a serviceable complementary back and Lance Dunbar remains a change-of-pace option.

As far as other injured players, Jones said it’s doubtful that tight end James Hanna will play this season. Hanna underwent knee surgery before the season.

Linebacker Jaylon Smith also “has got some more work to do,” Jones said, in his recovery from major knee surgery.

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