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McFadden won't practice until after first preseason tilt

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Darren McFadden won't practice until after the team's first preseason game.

There had been a chance the Dallas Cowboys running back would hit the field Saturday, but he remained on the sideline working with trainers while nursing a hamstring injury.

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"We anticipate his plan to be that he is going to get more and more work on the side this week and then hopefully practice after San Diego," Jason Garrett said Saturday, per the Dallas Morning News. "That might change. But that's the plan as we sit right now."

The Cowboys face the Chargers on Thursday, Aug. 13.

McFadden said earlier this week he was "feeling good," but the team plans to bring him along slowly.

"We want to make sure that he's 110 percent," executive vice president Stephen Jones said Friday. "I think that's been a little bit of his problem in the past. He wants to be out here and then comes out here 90 percent and then it doesn't work out well. We want to make sure he's 110 percent. He could very easily be out here right now, but we decided to not do it that way."

Imaginary health percentages aside, it makes sense for the Cowboys to ensure McFadden is healthy rather than risk re-injury, especially with an ailment as fickle as a hamstring.

Running back Lance Dunbar is dealing with an ankle sprain and didn't practice. Dez Bryant also has a little hamstring issue, but the team doesn't think it's serious. The receiver sat out practice Saturday.

With McFadden and Dunbar on the sidelines, it's been Joseph Randal's backfield, which gives him a big leg up in the battle for regular season snaps.

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