Cowboys running back aaalmost adds to our iPhone injury list

Running back McFadden clarifies how he really hurt his elbow

Cowboys running back aaalmost adds to our iPhone injury list

Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden (20) runs with the ball against Atlanta Falcons

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Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden nearly worked his way into our next big list of real life ways people have been hurt using their phones.

McFadden broke his elbow over Memorial Day weekend and his coach initially told the media that it happened when the running back attempted to catch a falling iPhone. That fit right in with injuries we came across when digging through a recent batch of U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission data, collected from about 100 hospitals reporting emergency room visits into the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. We discovered lots of trips and falls, not to mention a few animal bites allegedly caused by ringing phones startling the pets.

But McFadden recently clarified what actually happened to him: He told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he injured himself when he slipped on cement at a friend's pool following a funeral. "My phone was in my hand, and so people kind of put that story out," he said.

While the fate of the phone is unknown (hopefully it didn't wind up in the pool, since the iPhone isn't waterproof), it sounds as though McFadden and his team are hopeful he'll be back in action as soon as the start of the NFL season in September.

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