Darren McFadden felt every one of the 31 touches he had in Sunday’s game.
“I was sore the first couple of days,” McFadden said Wednesday. “I was pretty sore. But I’m back to normal now just about. Going out there working hard and just getting ready for Seattle.”
McFadden’s 31 touches and 29 carries were his most since 2012. It tied for the third-most carries in his career.
“It was good to see that he had it in him,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “Once he got going in that ball game, I think we all felt that let’s keep giving this guy the rock. I just thought he played really, really well in the game and took advantage of an opportunity. I think his impact on the running game was significant. Obviously, we blocked them as well and there were a lot of opportunities for him, but if you watch him at the end of runs, the end of the inside runs, the end of the runs off tackle, at the end of the runs out in space, I think you see what he’s all about. It was great to give him that opportunity, and he took full advantage of it.”
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Garrett confirmed what owner Jerry Jones said a day earlier: McFadden has earned the starting job.
The Cowboys don’t appear worried, either, about overworking McFadden. Since the Raiders drafted McFadden fourth overall in 2008, he has missed 29 games with 15 injuries.
He missed part of the offseason program with a right hamstring injury and part of training camp with a left hamstring injury.
But McFadden played in all 16 games with the Raiders last season and has been injury-free with the Cowboys this season. He has played in 24 consecutive games.
“That’s the only thing I can think of is bad luck,” McFadden said of his first six seasons. “A lot of people put that injury bug on me, so it is what it is for me. I’m going to keep grinding and go out there and work hard every day and do what I’m supposed to do.”