Darren McFadden, Jaylon Smith placed on Cowboys NFI list

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There was some confusion about just how Cowboys running back Darren McFadden injured his elbow this offseason, but there was wasn’t much doubt that McFadden would miss some practice time this summer as a result.

Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports that the Cowboys confirmed that assumption by placing McFadden on the non-football injury list Friday. Per Archer, McFadden had a recent scan of the break that showed improvement and that he is expected to be back to work for the first week of the regular season.

There’s no such optimism about linebacker Jaylon Smith. The rookie suffered a severe knee injury late last season and is suffering from nerve damage that has cast serious doubt about his chances of playing at all this season. Smith has also been placed on the NFI list and it would be a surprise if he doesn’t remain there into the regular season.

Running back Lance Dunbar, defensive end Benson Mayowa and defensive tackle Maliek Collins were all placed on the physically unable to perform list. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick, who is coming off a torn ACL, and likebacker Sean Lee, who had a knee scope this offseason, avoided the PUP list and are cleared to practice.

5 responses to “Darren McFadden, Jaylon Smith placed on Cowboys NFI list

  1. Cowboy fan is hilarious assuming McBroken would somehow be a different cat than he was in Oakland. Great teammate, can’t stay healthy, it’s always something.

  2. McFadden had the 4th most rush yards last year and didn’t start the first 5 games. I would say that was a better than expected return based on his low contract rate. Expect the same from Alfred Morris this year. Zeke will be the main guy, but the Cowboys will have two quality players that can step in if an injury happens.

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