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What are the Cowboys going to do with Darren McFadden?

Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden was fourth in the NFL in rushing last season.
Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden was fourth in the NFL in rushing last season. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Running back Darren McFadden remains hopeful that he’ll be ready for the Dallas Cowboys’ regular season opener against the New York Giants on Sept. 11.

That is a much better scenario than starting the season on the non-football injury list, which would mean he would be out for at least six weeks.

“I definitely hope not [to be on the NFI list to start the season],” said McFadden, who has been on the NFI list since training camp opened last month.

“For me, I try to block it out of my mind and just go day to day for it.”

McFadden, 29, has yet to practice since undergoing right elbow surgery earlier this off-season. He doesn’t have a timetable to return to practice yet, but isn’t ready to rule himself for the season opener.

“Would love to be [ready by then],” McFadden said. “Right now, it’s coming along great for me. I’m working hard and it’s a day to day thing.

“The trainers are trying to get me back healthy and get me right, so taking it day to day and going off what they say.”

Drew Davison: 817-390-7760, @drewdavison

Dallas Cowboys regular-season schedule

Regular season

Sept. 11

vs. NY Giants

3:25 p.m.

KDFW/4

Sept. 18

at Washington

Noon

KDFW/4

Sept. 25

vs. Chicago

7:30 p.m.

KXAS/5

Oct. 2

at San Francisco

3:25 p.m.

KDFW/4

Oct. 9

vs. Cincinnati

3:25 p.m.

KTVT/11

Oct. 16

at Green Bay

3:25 p.m.

KDFW/4

Oct. 23

Bye

Oct. 30

vs. Philadelphia

7:30 p.m.

KXAS/5

Nov. 6

at Cleveland

Noon

KDFW/4

Nov. 13

at Pittsburgh

3:25 p.m.

KDFW/4

Nov. 20

vs. Baltimore

Noon

KTVT/11

Nov. 24

vs. Washington

3:30 p.m.

KDFW/4

Dec. 1

at Minnesota

7:25 p.m.

KXAS/5, NFL Net.

and Twitter

Dec. 11

at NY Giants

7:30 p.m.

KXAS/5

Dec. 18

vs. Tampa Bay

Noon

KDFW/4

Dec. 26

vs. Detroit

7:30 p.m.

ESPN

Jan. 1

at Philadelphia

Noon

KDFW/4

All games broadcast on KRLD/105.3 FM and KMVK/107.5 (Spanish)

*Time and television broadcast subject to change.

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