Former Arkansas running back Darren McFadden has cleared the air on the cause for his much-publicized offseason injury.
It was revealed earlier in June that McFadden suffered a broken elbow after what was originally termed as a “home accident” during the Memorial Day weekend. In the media’s search for the root of the injury, the national narrative quickly developed based on a tale of McFadden injuring the elbow in an attempt to save his cell phone from hitting the ground.
As it turns out, that story was only partially correct.
On Friday, a report surfaced from WholeHogSports.com’s Pete Perkins that gave the entire context of the story … from the mouth of Darren McFadden.
McFadden said reports he broke his elbow after he fell in an attempt to save a dropped cellphone were untrue. He said he was in a friend’s backyard after a funeral and slipped on cement near a swimming pool.
“I just slipped down and landed on my elbow,” he said. “My phone was in my hand, and so people kind of put that story out.”
While the initial recovery diagnosis indicated McFadden could be sidelined well into training camp, he expressed optimism about his condition to Perkins.
“I got a few weeks left in this brace, but other than that, my body feels good,” McFadden said. “I feel great, and I’m looking forward to the season. I’m ready to go.”
McFadden will have to compete with first-round draft pick Ezekiel Elliott for carries this fall, likely meaning the sooner he is able to get back on the practice field, the better.
One thing we can be sure of in this saga — McFadden has made more headlines for an off-the-field injury than any NFL player would like in one offseason.