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Darren McFadden broke his elbow after fumbling his cell phone

Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden (20) had surgery Tuesday to repair a fractured right elbow.
Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden (20) had surgery Tuesday to repair a fractured right elbow. Star-Telegram

The Cowboys’ running backs have practiced with beeping footballs, a teaching tool to keep it high and tight and well protected. Maybe that’s what Darren McFadden had in mind – not fumbling -- when his cell phone slipped from his hand.

“He just fell down, trying to keep his iPhoneS, his brand-new one, from falling to the ground and cracked his elbow instead of the phone,” running backs coach Gary Brown revealed Tuesday.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett announced on the first day of the team’s mandatory three-day minicamp that McFadden injured his elbow in an accident at home during Memorial Day weekend. McFadden, who will miss two months, practiced with the injury last week.

McFadden complained to trainers about the pain in his elbow late last week, and a physical Monday revealed the cracked bone.

“He’s real tough,” Brown said. “He didn’t want to miss anytime. He’s a pro. He understands what’s going on and how this business works, and you’ve really got to appreciate that about him because I know I do. You just have to hold it down for him while he’s gone and continue to move forward. Guys got to step up and that’s just the name of the game.”

McFadden, who turns 29 in August, had an injury-plagued first six seasons with the Oakland Raiders. But he has played all 16 games each of the past two seasons.

He matched his career high with three lost fumbles last season. McFadden has 15 lost fumbles in his eight seasons.

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