Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar didn’t make anyone forget about DeMarco Murray on Sunday. But the Cowboys’ running backs -- expected, as a committee, to replace the league’s leading rusher -- at least got off the sideline against the 49ers.
McFadden, Randle and Dunbar all missed the first preseason game with injuries. They combined for 34 yards on 10 rushes and three catches for 6 yards against the 49ers, though they were playing without three of their starting offensive linemen.
“It was good to see those guys out there,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said of the running backs. “Obviously, we didn’t run the ball real well. But it was good to see them play, get some touches, get a little sweat, get a little lather.”
McFadden, signed as a free agent after Murray left for Philadelphia, started and played two series in his Cowboys’ debut. He missed most of the offseason with a right hamstring injury and most of training camp with a left hamstring injury, returning to practice Aug. 15.
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“I’m just glad I was able to get out there and run around with my teammates and fight with them,” said McFadden, who has missed 29 regular-season games with 15 different injuries in his career. “We didn’t get the thing accomplished that we wanted to accomplish out there, but it’s something that we got to come back and look at the film and try to correct these things and get better for next week.”
Randle, who has had an oblique injury, replaced McFadden for the third series and played the rest of the first half.
“It felt good,” Randle said. “Much needed reps to get ready. … I didn’t just want it. I needed it.”