Darren McFadden says he's ready to go, waiting on coaches' call

FRISCO, Texas -- Darren McFadden is eligible to return from the non-football injury list, but the Dallas Cowboys will take at least another week before deciding whether to activate him or not.

With only one practice this week because of Sunday's bye, it does not make sense to start McFadden's three-week practice window until next week.

McFadden said his surgically-repaired right elbow is "feeling great," although he does not have full range of motion that is "good enough for me to play with. Everything is good with it. Just a little small hitch in it, but I don't think it's anything that's going to affect me."

He was disappointed to start the season on NFI but looking back now he understands he was not ready to play.

With the success of Ezekiel Elliott, McFadden's role is unclear. He led the Cowboys with 1,089 yards rushing last year, finishing fourth in the NFL. Elliott leads the NFL with 703 yards in the first six games, which is more than 25 other teams.

Alfred Morris has handled the backup role, and the Cowboys believe third-down back Lance Dunbar could return to action soon after missing the last two games with a knee injury.

"The team is going great," McFadden said. "No need to mess up what we have going right now. Whenever I get my chance to get out there, I'm going to be ready for it."

McFadden has been impressed by Elliott, but he has offered some advice that the rookie back has seemed to take since the first game of the season.

"One of the main things I was telling him is just being patient," McFadden said. "He's going out there hitting it and running and it's one of those things, the offensive line, they're going to do their job, so you want to be patient and let those blocks develop."

As the fourth pick in the 2008 draft, McFadden had to learn the same thing. He finished with 499 yards as a rookie in 13 games (five starts).

"My thing was coming into the league as a rookie I felt like every play was supposed to be a big play," McFadden said. "I had to sit back and try to be patient and take those 2 and 3 yard runs and eventually those big plays started hitting."