As it stands today, the Dallas Cowboys will be without starting running back Ezekiel Elliott for the first six games of the 2017 regular season. However, the looming absence of Elliott will also serve as an opportunity for the other running backs on the Cowboys’ current roster.
One of those players is a veteran in Darren McFadden, who was ultimately ousted as the team’s starter ahead of last season as Elliott was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft out of Ohio State.
“My body still feels good,” McFadden said, via the Star-Telegram. “I feel great, just getting out there running, just getting carries and getting warmed up. I’m definitely going to be able to handle a load.  was a pretty good year. I don’t feel like I missed a beat. I didn’t play much last year. I feel like I definitely can get back to that status.”
Even so, McFadden also made a point to note that the entire Cowboys roster will remain behind the second-year rusher despite the fact that he has already received his six-game ban from the NFL.
“It’s a tough situation he is dealing with but he’s taking it in stride right now,” McFadden added. “He is only going to get better from it. We are behind him 100 percent regardless of what is going on. The decision has been made. We are going to stand behind him. He is our brother. He is our teammate. We are going to miss him out there.”
Leading to the six-game suspension to begin the 2017 regular season, the league ruled that Elliott has violated the league’s personal conduct policy.