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Cowboys want veteran back Darren McFadden for the stretch run

Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden was the team’s offensive MVP last season.
Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden was the team’s offensive MVP last season. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

FRISCO Darren McFadden will be activated to the 53-man roster by the deadline at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett said.

The Cowboys must release a player to clear a spot for McFadden. They have yet to decide on a corresponding move.

“We anticipate bringing him up,” Garrett said. “We haven’t made our final decision as to how we’re going to get that done. We have until I believe three o’clock tomorrow, so we’ll continue to have those discussions.”

The addition of McFadden would conceivably put five running backs on the active roster, including Ezekiel Elliott, Alfred Morris, Lance Dunbar and Darius Jackson to go along with fullback Keith Smith.

Garrett didn’t know if the Cowboys will delete a running back or a player at another position. But he said the Cowboys want McFadden on the roster.

There is a lot of football left and they believe McFadden could help them at some point.

McFadden has been recovering from off-season surgery on his right elbow and said earlier in the week that he is ready to go.

McFadden had the fourth-most rushing yards (1,089) in the NFL a season ago and was named the Cowboys’ offensive MVP.

Garrett said the focus now is finding a role for McFadden.

“We’ll talk about what his role is on offense, he’ll have a role in the kicking game,” Garrett said. “And he’s just done a really good job for us. He had a good year for us last year. Unfortunately he was injured in the early part of this year but he has practiced well the last three weeks. He’s a good football player, so we want to give him an opportunity to help our team.”

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