Darius Jackson, one of the darlings of last summer’s Dallas Cowboys training camp, is back on the street after being waived/injured the Cleveland Browns.
But at this point, don’t expect a Dallas reunion for the “Spark’y’’ running back.
The Browns signed Terrence Magee and waived Jackson with an injury designation on Thursday.
Jackson’s issue? A knee injury.
We don’t know about the severity of that injury, but we know, via two sources this afternoon, that the Cowboys aren’t especially interested in putting in a claim on an injured player — even one who was once thought to be good enough to maybe hold off Darren McFadden for playing time in Dallas.
Jackson, a 2016 sixth-round draft pick, was inactive for each game last season before being waived after the first 14 weeks of the year in favor of McFadden’s activation. But in the preseason, he had 40 carries for 141 yards and caught five passes for 56 yards and a touchdown, all of which figured, to the Cowboys, because of how well the Eastern Michigan product had graded out as an athlete.
Once Jackson went to the waiver wire, he was a hot commodity, with three teams putting in claims and the Browns winning his services. The 6-0, 216-pound Jackson was, however, inactive for all three of his games with the Browns.
The feeling inside The Star in Frisco is that the Browns might “win’’ again, as other teams might not bother claiming an injured player, either. In that case, he can simply revert to Cleveland’s IR list. … and the Cowboys will march on with the NFL’s leading rusher, Ezekiel Elliott, being backed up by No. 2 guy Darren McFadden, with Alfred Morris also available, and with the coaching staff already taking a liking to Jahad Thomas, the undrafted rookie from Temple.