The Dallas Cowboys may have a crowded backfield when they return from their bye week and take on the Philadelphia Eagles.
Running back Darren McFadden, who has been sidelined since the beginning of the season after undergoing offseason surgery on his right elbow, is set to return after the bye week. And according to him, he’s feeling great and ready to go.
“Elbow is feeling great,” McFadden said. “Just sitting back and waiting for my time to get back on the field. It’s pretty much up to the coaches. I’m ready to go, so it’s just based off their decision.”
The running back also added that his range of motion is “as good as it’s going to get” and that he has “great strength” in the previously injured elbow.
McFadden, the team’s offensive MVP in 2015, is eligible to be activated off the non-football injury list this week. He originally wanted to be ready for the start of the season, but the team opted to put him on that list to give him more time to recover.
At this point the Cowboys are unlikely to activate him until after the bye week. That being said, they must make the decision to remove him from the NFI within the next three weeks. After that, they’ll have an additional three weeks of practice with him before they have to move him to the 53-man roster.
Ultimately the Cowboys may push back McFadden’s return as long as possible with rookie Ezekiel Elliot on record pace. When asked about his potential role though, McFadden was adamant that he would do whatever asked of him to help the team.
“Whatever the coaches decide for me. I’m a team player,” he said. “I want to be out there playing, any way I can contribute. I just want to be out there on the field.”