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Darren McFadden feeling good after first 11-on-11 work

Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden (20) makes a catch in front of St. Louis Rams outside linebacker Alec Ogletree (52).
Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden (20) makes a catch in front of St. Louis Rams outside linebacker Alec Ogletree (52). Star-Telegram

Cowboys running back Darren McFadden got banged around in the joint practice with the Rams, losing his helmet at one point. He could not have felt better afterward.

It’s the first time in training camp that McFadden has participated in 11-on-11 drills.

“It definitely felt good,” McFadden said. “I like the contact so anytime I can get in there and try to lower my pads on somebody I love it.”

McFadden missed most of the offseason program with a right hamstring injury. He tweaked his left hamstring a week before training camp started.

The Cowboys removed him from the physically unable to perform list Saturday and eased him back into action.

“It’s behind me now so I’m just moving forward from it,” McFadden said. “I’m just glad to be back out on the field and just hustling and grinding with my teammates and putting in work. We’re trying to build something and get better every day.”

The Cowboys resisted adding a big-name veteran back while McFadden rehabbed from his injury. They want to give the ex-Raider every opportunity to get healthy and contribute in a running-back-by-committee that will include Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar.

“Boy, if we can keep him out there, he’ll tear their you know what up,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday on G-Bag Nation on 105.3.

McFadden, signed as a free agent in March after DeMarco Murray departed, has missed 29 games with 15 different injuries in his career. He played a full, 16-game schedule for the first time last year.

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @NFLCharean

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