Can Darren McFadden still be a starting running back in the NFL after a dumb injury in Dallas?
Once a Raider… Always a Raider. That is how the saying goes.
This applies to Darren McFadden, who was once the hope of our franchise.
During his time with the Silver and Black, McFadden played hard when he could and represented the organization with class.
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Either way, the former Raiders running back and current Cowboys runner injured himself enough to miss a few weeks headed into training camp.
Raiders fans know McFadden’s history. He missed 28 games over his career as a Raider.
However, McFadden redeemed himself last season. 2016 was the second-consecutive full season that McFadden played in.
After being hurt early in camp, the 2008 No. 4 overall pick found himself as a starter in the Cowboys backfield. He finished last season with more than 1,000 yards rushing and a Pro Bowl season.
Yet, the injury puts that progress at risk.
McFadden already faced stiff competition in the backfield. The Cowboys signed Alfred Morris and drafted Ezekiel Elliot No. 4 overall.
Now, McFadden could end up as the third runner on the depth chart. McFadden has only $100,000 in dead money if the Cowboys cut him this year. He only has one year left on his deal.
Not to mention, McFadden is going through a lawsuit with a former business manager. The off-field distraction can not be great for his focus.
The question remains. Is Darren McFadden’s career as a starting running back over?
Will this injury, stiff backfield competition, and off-field distractions finish McFadden’s career?
You hate to connect a former Raider with such a terrible future, but that is the reality of the situation.
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