Cowboys running back Darren McFadden will miss up to eight weeks with a broken left elbow.
McFadden broke his elbow trying to prevent his cell phone from falling and shattering, according to Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown.
Head coach Jason Garrett said Dallas is operating under the expectation that McFadden will be back for some portion of minicamp, but added he was only a possibility for the regular-season opener Sept. 11 against the New York Giants.
McFadden became the Cowboys’ starter last season after Joseph Randle fell out of favor. He will likely begin the season behind fourth overall pick Ezekiel Elliott, who is competing with former Redskins Pro Bowl running back Alfred Morris for offseason reps.
Garrett said McFadden was injured at home in a Memorial Day accident but offered no additional details.
After participating in organized team activities, McFadden complained his elbow was still bothering him and underwent surgery.
“McFadden hurt his elbow in an accident at home over Memorial Day weekend,” Garrett said Tuesday. “He came back in and practiced last week, but it still bothered him. He told our training staff at the end of the week. In the physical yesterday it was determined that he has a break in his elbow. So, he actually had surgery on that this morning and he’s going to be out for at least a couple months.
“We do anticipate seeing him at some point in training camp. The surgery went well, we do anticipate him making a full recovery.