McFadden Reflects on Healthy, Successful Season

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Over the course of a lengthy career, Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden hasn't enjoyed good fortune when it comes to staying healthy.

In fact, this year is only the second of his career in which he's played in 16 games, with the 16th coming Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

But he's putting together perhaps his most impressive season as an NFL runner. He needs just three yards to hit 1,000 for the season and he's gotten a significant chunk of that (868) since being named the starter on Oct. 25 after Joseph Randle's issues cost him his roster spot.

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“It’ll definitely means a lot to me,” McFadden told ESPN of reaching 1,000 yards. “Just some of the down years I’ve had, man, with injuries and things and having to deal with that.”

It makes you wonder: What if McFadden had been the starter all along?

First off, you have to wonder if he'd still be healthy, but if so, he'd almost certainly have set a career-high for yardage — something he can still do if he rushes for 159 yards on Sunday.

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