The Dallas Cowboys now have running back Darren McFadden available, and it comes at the expense of Alfred Morris. McFadden, who has missed the first 13 games of the season with an elbow injury, will serve as the No. 2 running back on Sunday behind rookie Ezekiel Elliott, while Morris could find himself as a healthy scratch, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
If Morris does play, he’ll be third on the depth chart behind McFadden and Elliott. Morris has averaged 3.8 yards per carry in relief of Elliott.
McFadden showed that he still had plenty left in the tank a season ago, but injuries derailed his resurgence. Elliott has 1,392 yards with a per-carry average of 4.9 yards this season. He’s also found paydirt 12 times this season. Behind him, Morris has rushed for 231 yards and 2 touchdowns on 61 carries.
Morris has performed adequately in his change-of-pace role this season, but it sounds like the Cowboys are more interested in what McFadden can bring to the table. McFadden, historically, has shown he can be a threat in the passing game, which should give rookie quarterback Dak Prescott some more options.
It’s likely the Cowboys will want to scale back Elliott’s carries in the final three weeks of the regular season, as they have already punched their ticket into the playoffs.
–This story was written by All22.com’s James Brady