Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones seemingly addressed reports that the team was growing frustrated with Darren McFadden’s inability to get on the field on Wednesday, when he told SiriusXM NFL Radio that, whether or not some members of the organizations were getting frustrated or not, the team would be cautious with McFadden in hopes that their patience will ultimately pay off.
McFadden has spent the first week of camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list with a hamstring injury separate from the hamstring injury that bothered him throughout offseason workouts. This hamstring injury, the latest, happened the week before camp opened while McFadden worked on running routes.
“I know there are a lot of fans that have had their doubts. There are probably people in this organization right now that are a little frustrated that (McFadden) is not out there on the field right now. It’s Jerry and I’s opinion that we want to make sure that he is ready to go when he hits that football field,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “We think that he has great skill and can really help our team out this year. At the same time we got to make sure that when he hits the field, he’s ready, and there’s not something not nagging him that keeps him from being the best that he can be. I know that can be frustrating for our coach staff right now. It’s that old deal, they’re out of sight, out of mind, and they’re only concerned with what’s on the football field right now, but it’s our job--as Jerry being the general manager, my job as player personnel guy--that when we do put that player out there that he is ready.
“We feel good about our situation right now, I know our coaches really want a third back out there, and I think that when he hits the field that we’re going to like what we see.”
With McFadden sidelined, the Cowboys have been divvying up carries between Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar and Lache Seastrunk.