Despite being a healthy scratch for the first time in his career Sunday evening vs. the Giants, Dallas Cowboys coaches are reportedly just fine with veteran running back Darren McFadden.
Per Kristi Scales, the sideline reporter for the Dallas Cowboys radio network, "don't be surprised if he's the player who is active this coming Sunday" as opposed to last week's backup running back, Alfred Morris.
"Head coach Jason Garrett said McFadden reacted 'like a pro' when told he would not be active versus New York. It will be interesting to see if McFadden gets any reps on kickoff returns during practice this week (as the off-man, not necessarily as the returner). If McFadden gets first-team practice reps on special teams, it could indicate whether or not he or Morris will be active Sunday," said Scales.
Scales said the decision to go with Morris was based on the progress he made through last season and during this past offseason in the passing game, not only in route running and catching the ball, but also in pass blocking.
"Those are things he was not asked to do with the Redskins, and they were areas he needed to improve. He showed enough improvement in those areas to get the nod last Sunday, plus his running style is conducive for what the Cowboys needed against the Giants' run defense. Morris has also improved on special teams, so he would not be a liability if he had to fill-in on special teams."
The Cowboys take on the Denver Broncos this sunday in Colorado.