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Alfred Morris could be out as Cowboys look for McFadden to return

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Rookies Dak Prescott and Zeke Elliott emerge as stars during an 11-game win streak, leading to a 13-3 regular-season record. But a gut-wrenching divisional-round loss to the Packers kept the Cowboys from advancing in the post season.
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Rookies Dak Prescott and Zeke Elliott emerge as stars during an 11-game win streak, leading to a 13-3 regular-season record. But a gut-wrenching divisional-round loss to the Packers kept the Cowboys from advancing in the post season.

Running back is a not focus for the Dallas Cowboys at the NFL Scouting Combine, at least not like it was last year when the team eyed then-Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott.

The Cowboys took Elliott with the fourth overall pick and he led the league in rushing, causing a rejuvenation of the running back position that is having reverberations at this year's combine.

All the potential top picks _ including Florida State's Dalvin Cook and LSU's Leonard Fournette _ are thanking Elliott for their rising stock and the league valuing the running back position again.

While the Cowboys are looking at late-round prospects at the position, the running backs they are concerning themselves with at the combine are veteran options to play behind Elliott next season.

With Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar unrestricted free agents, the Cowboys will have to massage the roster to get to their desired goal of having both backs in the fold behind Elliott.

The initial sticking point is Alfred Morris' presence on the roster.

The Cowboys will try to trade Morris and his $1.2 million base salary this season as he is not considered a good fit in spot duty behind Elliott, according to a source.

Morris, who is not also not a good third-down option, needs carries to be effective and productive.

McFadden showed late last season that he is a better suited to play behind Elliott.

McFadden is open to a return to the Cowboys, but is also drawing interest from two other teams, per a source.

The Cowboys want Dunbar back to fill the same specialty role he's had the past couple of seasons when healthy.

The Cowboys also also moving Rod Smith back to tailback from fullback in hopes of being the third running back and core special teams player.

Former Redskins now Cowboys running back Alfred Morris talks about rookie Ezekiel Elliott's ability to carry a tune at Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, CA, Monday, Aug. 1, 2016. (Star-Telegram/Max Faulkner)

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