Darren McFadden 'surprised' by inactive decision by Cowboys coaches

FRISCO, Texas -- Darren McFadden found out he would be inactive for last Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles just about the same time as everybody else, a few hours before kickoff.

“Surprised the hell out of me,” McFadden said. “But that’s what they decided, man. That’s just what it is right now.”

The Cowboys opted to carry two tailbacks, Alfred Morris and Rod Smith, against the Eagles because they need extra help on special teams. McFadden’s only contribution on special teams is on the kick return team.

McFadden was inactive for the first eight games of the season, but when Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension started, it was expected he would be part of a running back committee with Morris and Smith. He carried one time for minus-2 yards in the loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

McFadden has gone through two straight lost seasons after leading the Cowboys and finishing fourth in the NFL in rushing with 1,089 yards in 2015. He missed the first 13 games last season because of a broken elbow suffered in the offseason and he has dressed for one game this season.

The inactivity has him thinking about his future. He is set to be a free agent after the season.

“When the offseason gets here I’ll sit down and think about it, said McFadden, who is in his 10th season. “Try to get away from the game for a little while and just make a decision from there.”

With a short turnaround this week and health issues at linebacker (Sean Lee, Anthony Hitchens) there is a possibility McFadden could be inactive Thursday against the Los Angeles Chargers.

“It’s very frustrating,” McFadden said, “but at the end of the day they make their decisions, and I can’t do nothing but roll with them.”