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Darren McFadden Reveals How He Actually Broke His Elbow

Darren McFadden did not break his elbow trying to save his iPhone from crashing to the ground. 

Jason Garrett announced two weeks ago that the Cowboys' running back would be sidelined for a month-plus after breaking his elbow. Dallas' head coach did not go into further detail about the injury. Later that day, the Cowboys' running backs coach, Gary Brown, said the injury occurred when McFadden tried to stop his iPhone from falling. 

That's not exactly what happened, though. 

This past weekend, McFadden held his annual football camp for kids. There, he revealed how he actually sustained his injury. 


McFadden (Pulaski Oak Grove) said reports he broke his elbow after he fell in an attempt to save a dropped cellphone were untrue. He said he was in a friend's backyard after a funeral and slipped on cement near a swimming pool.

"I just slipped down and landed on my elbow," he said. "My phone was in my hand, and so people kind of put that story out."

McFadden, 28, says the recovery process is going well. 

"I got a few weeks left in this brace, but other than that, my body feels good," McFadden said. "I feel great, and I'm looking forward to the season. I'm ready to go."

McFadden will be competing for carries with rookie Ezekiel Elliott, Alfred Morris and Lance Dunbar.

The Cowboys open training camp in late July in Oxnard, Calif.