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Mini-Camp Injury Update: Darren McFadden and Benson Mayowa Out

For the , the start of mini-camp was supposed to be a relatively exciting time. was eager to cross off another item on the checklist that will lead up to the . While the now-mandatory practices will still closely resemble the light OTA work the Cowboys were doing, the team was also planning on slowly accumulating the likes of and back onto the football field.

This morning, Dallas received even more good news, as Rolando McClain and Ronald Leary reported to practice. By the early afternoon though, the day had taken a sour turn for 's squad.

First, the newly acquired Benson Mayowa was ruled out until after having his knee scoped. The procedure is considered minor, and with no further setbacks Benson will work through training camp and the as scheduled.

While this is obviously a big blow for the unproven Mayowa to further prove himself in front of , the can now get a look at the other waves of pass rushers he has to deploy on opposing quarterbacks.

may be suspended for the first four weeks of the regular season, but has been worked hard all throughout the early summer. Gregory along with guys like rookie and second-year player Ryan Russell will all get even more snaps now over the next three days of camp.

In other , things are not so bright for .

The veteran back has suffered setbacks with all throughout his NFL career, but had a healthy resurgence behind the Cowboys in 2015. Still, the aging back preparing to enter the final year of his contract in 2016 did not prove enough to stop Dallas from drafting the better backfield scheme fit in at fourth overall.

McFadden will now be sidelined until near the end of training camp. Not only will this likely immediately bump Elliott up to the top of the , but it will allow and the Cowboys to evaluate their other zone-blocking runners in an expanded role.

could look at this as a huge opportunity to become the veteran presence at his position that the Dallas Cowboys originally wanted Darren McFadden to be this season. Rookie should also see some more snaps, as he tries to fight for a roster spot by proving himself as a versatile and explosive play maker.

In the end, Jason Garrett and the Cowboys are all about competition, and these two injuries will open up plenty of that at two positions that feature a solid amount of depth on the current roster.

Comment below with your thoughts on these two Cowboys' injuries to start the conversation.

Sean Martin
Sean Martinhttp://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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John Bush

Although no injuries are good, the Mayowa injury sounds like it could be healed and ready for training camp so he will have to hit the books during his time down to be prepared mentally. Run DMC's injury though unfortunate, is not the worst thing that could happen. Let Jackson get some reps to show what he can do. Mcfadden wasn't going to end up playing a ton anyway. He will still be there to help mentor.

John Bush

Although no injuries are good, the Mayowa injury sounds like it could be healed and ready for training camp so he will have to hit the books during his time down to be prepared mentally. Run DMC's injury though unfortunate, is not the worst thing that could happen. Let Jackson get some reps to show what he can do. Mcfadden wasn't going to end up playing a ton anyway. He will still be there to help mentor.

RJ Ochoa

I feel so bad for DMC. With the news of how he got hurt coming out he's going to get fried.

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