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

For the Dallas Cowboys, the start of mini-camp was supposed to be a relatively exciting time. Cowboys Nation was eager to cross off another item on the checklist that will lead up to the 2016 season. 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 Dez Bryant and Orlando Scandrick 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 Jason Garrett’s squad.

For the Dallas Cowboys, the start of mini-camp was supposed to be a relatively exciting time. Cowboys Nation was eager to cross off another item on the checklist that will lead up to the 2016 season. 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 Dez Bryant and Orlando Scandrick 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 Jason Garrett’s squad.

David Helman on Twitter

Benson Mayowa is going to have a knee scope this afternoon. Garrett says it’s minor. He should be ready for “close to the start of” camp.

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

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

Randy Gregory 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 Charles Tapper and second-year player Ryan Russell will all get even more snaps now over the next three days of camp.

In other injury news, things are not so bright for running back Darren McFadden.

David Moore on Twitter

Darren McFadden broke elbow over Memorial Day at his home and will be out for two months.

The veteran back has suffered setbacks with injuries all throughout his NFL career, but had a healthy resurgence behind the Cowboys offensive line 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 Ezekiel Elliott 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 depth chart, but it will allow Scott Linehan and the Cowboys to evaluate their other zone-blocking runners in an expanded role.

Alfred Morris 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 Darius Jackson 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.

Tell us what you think about “Mini-Camp Injury Update: Darren McFadden and Benson Mayowa Out” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

Sean Martin

Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Pleasant NJ, no we’re not how you think we are. Host of “Upon Further Review” on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. You may @ me: @SeanMartinNFL.

4 Comments
  • http://Cowboys%20hub 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.

  • http://Cowboys%20hub 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.

    • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

      Thank you for reading, John! You're definitely correct in saying that the Mayowa injury is the lesser of the two. Training camp is really the first time we'll start to get any real answers about any of the ongoing position battles, particularly at defensive end, so it is great to see that he's on track to be a part of at least most of the camp at 100%. McFadden was already going to potentially be in jeopardy to even make the team, and now is going to have to really take that mentor role to a whole new level if he is going to have a chance. I hope he doesn't just fall off the map, I'm very interesting in seeing what he still does for this team on the sidelines and hope that we hear some good things.

  • http://RJOchoaShow.com 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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