Darren McFadden to Miss Season Opener After Elbow Surgery

Darren McFadden

Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden underwent surgery for a broken right elbow on Tuesday (June 14), and may miss the team's Sept. 11 season opener against the New York Giants.

Coach Jason Garrett said the injury happened over Memorial Day weekend at McFadden's house, when he fell on the elbow trying not to drop his cell phone, reports ESPN.

Apparently, McFadden took part in organized team activities last week, wearing a protective sleeve on his arm, but he did not say anything to the team's athletic training staff until Friday. Then, on Monday, during a physical before the minicamp, X-rays revealed the fracture... and surgery was performed Tuesday morning.

"I don't want to put too much of a timetable on it," Garrett said. "They said the surgery went well, and the overarching thing was a couple months. So we'll see how he responds to everything, but we do anticipate him being back at some point in training camp and possibly being able to play in the opener."

McFadden led the Cowboys in rushing last season with 1,089 yards, although he wasn't named Dallas' main tailback until the sixth game of the season. He also caught 40 passes for 328 yards.