Tuesday morning’s news that Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden is injured was not necessarily shocking, given his injury history, though the idea that he practiced with a broken elbow during OTAs last week was a bit speculation-worthy. The former top-five overall pick is expected to miss two months after surgery Tuesday morning, and precisely how McFadden was injured at home during Memorial Day weekend is sure to go in the archive of crazy off-field injuries.
According to Todd Archer of ESPN.com, Cowboys running back coach Gary Brown told the Dallas Morning News that McFadden fell on his elbow while trying not to drop his cell phone. So it’s not surprising he didn’t say anything to the Cowboys’ training staff about the injury until late last week, out of pure embarrassment, but X-rays from a pre-minicamp physical Monday revealed the fracture in McFadden’s right elbow.
McFadden played all 16 games for the second time in his career in 2015, and he led the Cowboys in rushing with 1,089 yards while also catching 40 passes for 328 yards. Dallas drafted Ezekiel Elliott and signed Alfred Morris in an apparent effort to push McFadden down the running back pecking order for 2016, which brought trade speculation that will surely now go away with McFadden possibly questionable for Week 1.
There are statistics that say most accidents occur close to home, if not at home. Pro athletes are obviously not immune, and McFadden is just the latest example to inspire laughter and empathy.