Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Cowboys expect to get G La’El Collins back in late December or at some point during the playoffs and have RB Darren McFadden active and contributing to their offense.
The Cowboys placed McFadden on the NFI list after he suffered an elbow injury this summer.
McFadden, 29, is in the final year of his two-year, $3 million contract that included a $200,000 signing bonus. He stands to make a base salary of $1.25 million for the 2016 season before testing the open market as an unrestricted free agent next year.
In 2015, McFadden appeared in all 16 games for the Cowboys and ran for 1,089 yards on 239 carries (4.6 YPC) to go along with 40 receptions for 328 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 42 running back out of 69 qualifying players.
Collins, 23, wound up going undrafted out of LSU, but ultimately signed a three-year, $1.599 million contract that is fully guaranteed and included a $21,000 signing bonus. He stands to make bases salaries of $526,750 and $616,750 over the next two years before testing the open market as a restricted free agent.
The Cowboys placed Collins on injured reserve after he underwent toe surgery to repair a ligament tear in his right big toe.
In 2016, Collins has appeared in three games for the Cowboys and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 71 guard out of 74 qualifying players.