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Running backs Elliott, McFadden sharing first-team reps

Veteran running back Darren McFadden was the fourth-leading rusher in the NFL last season. His 1,089 rushing yards can’t be overlooked despite the addition of rookie Ezekiel Elliott.
Veteran running back Darren McFadden was the fourth-leading rusher in the NFL last season. His 1,089 rushing yards can’t be overlooked despite the addition of rookie Ezekiel Elliott. Star-Telegram

Veteran running back Darren McFadden was back at practice this week after missing a week for personal reasons.

And while he returned to the starting lineup in the Cowboys offense, he also found himself sharing first-team reps with rookie first-round pick Ezekiel Elliott.

McFadden worked with the starters the first week of organized team activities. Elliott, who was picked fourth overall and is destined for the starting role, worked with the starters last week.

This week, they alternated reps to allow Elliott to get some work with quarterback Tony Romo.

“We want him to get a feel for being in there with Tony. He has worked and earned it,” running backs coach Gary Brown said. “So we are giving him an opportunity to do that. He has to keep working. He is not there yet, but we’ve got to keep going. I’m happy with his progress.”

Elliott has impressed everyone on the Cowboys with his smooth transition to the NFL so far.

It’s important for Elliott to get work with Romo because the team considers him a transcendent talent who they expect to have a huge impact as runner and receiver out of the backfield.

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