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.