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Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will miss "some time" with a hamstring injury suffered on Tuesday, according to VP Stephen Jones. He refused to put an exact timetable on Elliott's return, but ESPN's Ed Werder hears that the rookie is expected to be sidelined "about a week." This sounds like a minor issue, but hamstrings are always worth monitoring. With RB Darren McFadden (elbow) also sidelined, RB Alfred Morris will soak up 1st-team reps.

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden is "on schedule" to be ready for Week 1, according to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole. A scan of the elbow he broke in June came back "good." The missed training camp and preseason time still gives Alfred Morris a shot to win the #2 RB job behind Ezekiel Elliott, though. Both Morris and McFadden are only worth considering in deep fantasy leagues.

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden reportedly broke his elbow at home over Memorial Day weekend. He underwent surgery on Tuesday morning and is expected to be sidelined about 2 months. That'd put him back on the field in mid-August. McFadden was already a long shot to hold off rookie Ezekiel Elliott for the Week 1 starting job. This injury puts him in danger of losing the #2 job to Alfred Morris.

The Cowboys grabbed RB Ezekiel Elliott with the 4th overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. It’s a perfect marriage between elite prospect and elite offensive line. Elliott ripped off back-to-back 1,800-yard seasons at Ohio State as a true sophomore and junior. He averaged 6.6 yards per carry with 41 TDs and 55 receptions over that span. Elliott has plenty of speed and wiggle and is a tackle-breaking machine. He picked up over 1,000 yards after 1st contact last year, according to Pro Football Focus. Also considered 1 of the top blocking backs to enter the league in recent memory, Elliott is an NFL-ready, 3-down back who should immediately step into a workhorse role. Plus, he doesn’t even turn 21 until July, so there’s still plenty of room for growth. Elliott is the clear-cut #1 pick in dynasty rookie drafts and a potential 1st-rounder in redrafts. He’ll quickly zoom by Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris on Dallas’ depth chart.

Check out our scouting report on Elliott.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that Darren McFadden remains the team's starting RB, despite the addition of Alfred Morris.  Jones added, though, that Morris will have a "substantive" role.  This figures to be a fluid backfield throughout the summer and possibly the season.  McFadden has the early edge based on his experience in the offense and last year's 1,000-yard season.  But he also turns 29 in August and hasn't exactly been a model of good health.  Morris, meanwhile, is only 27 but has seen his rush yards and yards per carry drop each season since his rookie campaign.  Dallas also re-signed RB Lance Dunbar, who was busy in the passing game last year before tearing his ACL.  We'll be keeping a close eye on this backfield all offseason.  There's fantasy value to be cultivated behind 1 of the best offensive lines in the league.

Adam Schefter reports that former Washington RB Alfred Morris will sign a 2-year deal with the Cowboys. After a terrific rookie season in both real and fantasy terms, Morris saw his rushing attempts, yards, TDs and yards per carry fall each of the past 3 years. That slipped to 3.7 yards per rush in 2015, when Morris couldn't keep the primary backfield job away from rookie Matt Jones (but also never totally lost it). We wouldn't be surprised to see Dallas also add a mid-round RB in the upcoming NFL Draft, likely a more dynamic player than Morris. But the veteran will give them a steady presence behind 1 of the league's best offensive lines. Short of that, Morris will need to fend off and/or share the job with Darren McFadden, while Lance Dunbar remains a passing-game factor. The crowd might challenge Morris' volume and keep him in RB3 range for fantasy football, even if he leads the backfield in touches.

Cowboys insider Jon Machota would be "very surprised" if the team didn't add a RB in the first 3 rounds of this spring's draft.  Machota mentions Louisiana Tech's Kenneth Dixon as a potential target.  The other takeaway is that Dallas isn't going all-in on RB Darren McFadden.  The former 1st-rounder played all 16 games this past season and tallied 1,089 rushing yards -- the 2nd-most of his career.  But he turns 29 in August and has missed 28 games over 8 NFL seasons.  McFadden is a prime "sell high" in dynasty leagues this offseason.

The forecast for today's Cowboys-Bills game calls for a 70% chance of rain with 15-16 mph winds.  That'll only push both offenses more toward the run.  TE Jason Witten is the only legitimate fantasy option on Dallas' passing game, and his short-range stuff shouldn't be impacted.  The biggest loser here is Bills WR Sammy Watkins, whose downfield routes figure to be compromised.  Downgrade him to a lower-end WR2. 

The forecast for today's Cowboys-Packers game calls for an 80% chance of rain with 11-14 mph winds.  It's not quite enough for us to move any guys in this game in the Week 14 rankings, but use the weather as a tiebreaker.  This could turn into a run-heavy game on both sides.

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden went to the locker room in the 3rd quarter of the Monday night game at Washington to be tested for a concussion. We'll update his status when we hear more. Robert Turbin is the next RB up for Dallas.

Update: ESPN's Lisa Salters reports that McFadden didn't actually go to the locker room and was just going to the stationary bike on the sideline after being checked out by trainers. He has been cleared to return to action.

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (groin) is active for today’s game against the Dolphins. He injured that groin on Wednesday but was able to get in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. ESPN’s Ed Werder reported this morning that Dallas will use McFadden “as much as possible.” He remains a must-start in season-long leagues.

ESPN's Ed Werder hears that the Cowboys will use RB Darren McFadden (groin) "as much as possible" against the Dolphins today.  There's still risk of an in-game aggravation, but it sounds like McFadden is in for a big workload as long as that groin holds up.  He should be locked into fantasy lineups.

The forecast for today's Cowboys-Dolphins game calls for an 85% chance of rain, thunderstorms and winds of 10-14 mph.  It's not quite enough for us to alter our projections, but the sloppy conditions should be used as a tiebreaker if you're on the fence about using a Cowboy or Dolphin in your fantasy lineup.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (groin) is "good to go" for today's game against the Dolphins.  Rapoport doesn't mention anything about McFadden being limited.  There's still some added risk here, but McFadden needs to be in season-long lineups as a borderline RB1.

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said Friday that "all indications" are that RB Darren McFadden will play against the Dolphins this weekend.  McFadden was held out of Wednesday's practice with groin trouble but put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday.  He probably won't see the 26 touches he's averaged over the last 4 games, and there's always a chance of an in-game aggravation.  But McFadden remains a must-start in season-long leagues as long as he's active tomorrow.

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (groin) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Dolphins. He injured that groin on Wednesday but was able to get in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. McFadden is expected to play on Sunday, but the groin issue certainly adds risk. We'll continue to look for updates on his status leading up to kickoff.  If McFadden doesn't play, Dallas would likely deploy a committee with RBs Rod Smith, Robert Turbin and Trey Williams.

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden's groin injury is "nothing serious," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  "Just keeping him fresh," Rapoport adds.  McFadden owners can exhale and keep him penciled into fantasy lineups for now.  Check back tomorrow for another update, though.  We'd like to see McFadden put in a full workout.

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden was added to Thursday's injury report as limited with a groin.  Insider Brandon George calls it a "strain."  We don't have any other details at this point, but it's a concern for a guy with McFadden's injury history.  We'll have another update on his status tomorrow.  RBs Robert Turbin, Rod Smith and Trey Williams sit behind McFadden on the depth chart.

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