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No complaints: Darren McFadden happy to be with Cowboys despite limited role

Darren McFadden had one carry for minus-2 yards Sunday, his first carry of the 2017 season.
Darren McFadden had one carry for minus-2 yards Sunday, his first carry of the 2017 season. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Darren McFadden isn’t going to complain about his role on the Dallas Cowboys.

Sure, the veteran running back feels as though he could contribute more, but he isn’t one to question coaching decisions. Or his own choice to re-sign with the Cowboys this past off-season.

“I love it here. I’m glad to be here,” McFadden said. “It’s just one of the situations that I’m in, so I have to take it one day at a time and deal with it.”

McFadden, 30, thought he might be utilized more last Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. After being inactive for the first eight games, he is now part of a committee filling the void left by the suspension of Ezekiel Elliott.

But the bulk of Sunday’s playing time went to Rod Smith and Alfred Morris. Smith played 38 of 63 offensive snaps, carrying it three times for 14 yards with four catches for 15 yards.

Morris started and had the most carries (11 for 53 yards) and played 22 snaps. McFadden, meanwhile, played only one snap — losing two yards on a run.

“I didn’t know what to expect going into it,” McFadden said. “So it just was what it was, man.”

McFadden doesn’t know if he’ll get more carries, or if this is the type of workload the coaches intend to give each back.

But McFadden reiterated that he is healthy and feels as though he can be more effective with more carries. He said he believes his form from 2015 — when he rushed for 1,089 yards with the Cowboys, serving as the signature back for much of the season — is still there.

“Most definitely. It’s just about getting an opportunity,” McFadden said. “Whenever one is given to me, I’ll be ready for it.”