The Cowboys knew the risk they were taking when they signed Darren McFadden. He missed 29 games in his first six seasons with 15 different injuries.
The running back injured his right hamstring in organized team activities in June. Just as that one was healing, he injured the left last week. The Cowboys placed him on the physically unable to perform list to start training camp.
“We were aware that he has a history of some soft-tissue injuries,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “I don’t think this is a major deal. We’re going to take the right precautions here and see what it is. At the end of the day, you want everybody healthy, and anytime someone’s not ready to go 100 percent, it’s disappointing. But at the same time, I don’t think this is something, him going on the PUP, is going to be a long-term thing.”
McFadden, 27, signed a two-year, $3 million deal with the Cowboys in March. After playing all 16 games for the Raiders last season – a first in his pro career – he had hoped his injuries were in the past.
“I was just working out and running routes, man, and it’s just one of those things that just happened,” McFadden said. “For me, it’s one of those things I hate it happening right now, but if I’m out there grinding going 110 percent and trying to get better, it’s something that happened and I’m going to deal with it right now and just be ready to get back on the field when it’s time.”
McFadden said he has no timetable for his return.
“That’s something that I don’t know right now,” he said. “I can say we’re just going to take it one day a time. When it’s time for me, and the trainers feel like it’s right, they’re going to put me back out there.”
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