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Darren McFadden taking his time with hamstring strain

Darren McFadden is nursing a hamstring strain during Cowboys’ OTAs. (Star-Telegram/Max Faulkner)
Darren McFadden is nursing a hamstring strain during Cowboys’ OTAs. (Star-Telegram/Max Faulkner) Star-Telegram

Darren McFadden spent Wednesday working on the side during the Cowboys’ organized team activity session, continuing his rehab on a strained hamstring.

McFadden admitted he’d rather have been a full participant, but is more concerned on being ready to go for the season.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” McFadden said. “You want to always be out there taking plays, getting reps. But it’s one of those things I’d rather sit out now instead of pushing it and have something lingering on me.”

McFadden expects to do more during the team’s minicamp next week, and said his hamstring is “doing great.”

McFadden, 27, has battled injuries throughout his career. He has averaged less than 12 games a season in his seven years, playing all 16 only once (2014). He has reached the 1,000-yard mark only once in his career (2010) as well.

McFadden signed a two-year deal with the Cowboys this off-season to help fill the void when the league’s leading rusher, DeMarco Murray, left for Philadelphia in free agency.

He is among the many expected to carry the running load, along with Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar.

Asked if joining the Cowboys has rejuvenated him, McFadden said: “I just feel like this brings out the best in me. The way this group is – hard-working – just brings the best out of me.”

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