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NFC East Standings

Team Conf Overall
5-1-0 7-4-0
4-4-0 5-7-0
4-2-0 4-6-0
3-5-0 4-7-0

2021 Rushing

STATS ATT YDS AVG TD LNG
Regular Season 160 720 4.5 8 47

Top Ezekiel Elliott News

  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: No intention of resting knee

    Elliott indicated Sunday that no one on the Cowboys' training or coaching staffs had approached him about sitting out a game to give his knee a chance to heal, Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com reports. "No one has come to me and asked me to rest," Elliott said. "If they bring it up to me, I've just got to go with what they think is best for the team, and leave it at that."

    The running back originally injured his knee in Week 4 against the Panthers, but he tweaked it in Week 11 against Kansas City and his rushing performance has noticeably declined since. There had been talk Elliott might be inactive for Thursday's game against the Saints' top-ranked run defense, but if the Cowboys are considering such a plan they apparently haven't shared it with Zeke. Assuming he does suit up against New Orleans, look for him to see a reduced workload once again, with Tony Pollard picking up the slack -- Elliott hasn't had 20 touches in a game since Week 8.

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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Could get time off to heal

    Elliott could be held out to rest his knee injury, with possibilities including an absence from the upcoming Thursday game in New Orleans in Week 13, Ed Werder of ESPN reports.

    Elliott has been managing the injury since early October and still managed at least 49 percent snap share and 13 touches in every game, including the past two weeks when he fell shy of double-digit carries (barely) for the first two times all year. It sounds like he's capable of playing through the injury but might benefit from rest, leaving the Cowboys in a tricky position as they prepare for the final six weeks of the regular season and a likely playoff run. If nothing else, they could give more of Elliott's snaps to backup Tony Pollard, who already has career highs for rushing and receiving yards. The Cowboys wouldn't sacrifice too much by holding Elliott out for a week or two (as long as Pollard stays healthy), but it remains to be seen what they'll do, and it ultimately may depend on how Elliott's knee feels from day to day or week to week.

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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Finds end zone Thursday

    Elliott carried the ball nine times for 25 yards and a touchdown and caught six of eight targets for 24 yards in a 36-33 overtime loss to the Raiders on Thanksgiving.

    The running back's knee clearly wasn't 100 percent, and Tony Pollard wound up seeing more carries and leading the Cowboys in rushing yards, but Elliott vultured a one-yard TD from his backup just before halftime after Pollard did most of the work on the drive that got the offense to the goal line. With extra time to rest up before a Week 13 clash with the Saints, Elliott could be able to handle something closer to his usual workload, but Pollard's performance -- which included a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown -- should keep him involved in the game plan.

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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Bumps up practice activity

    Elliott (knee) was listed as a full participant Tuesday on Dallas' practice report, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports.

    Though Dallas merely held a light workout Tuesday that head coach Mike McCarthy described as a "run-through," Elliott apparently would have taken full reps if the Cowboys held a more traditional practice session. Elliott's activity seemingly clears up any concern about his status for the Cowboys' Thanksgiving Day game against the Raiders, and the running back himself relayed Tuesday that his right knee has shown improvement since he aggravated a lingering bone bruise in Sunday's loss to Kansas City, per Jon Machota of The Athletic. Though Elliott doesn't plan to rest for any games while he manages the injury, the Cowboys could look to scale back his workloads to some degree, especially while No. 2 back Tony Pollard continues to excel when given the opportunity.

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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Estimated as limited participant

    The Cowboys listed Elliott as a limited participant on Monday's estimated practice report with a knee injury, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Though Dallas didn't hold an official practice as it begins Week 12 prep, the team's estimation of Elliott as a limited participant is a reassuring sign of his chances of being ready to go by the time Thursday's game against the Raiders arrives. Elliott's knee injury -- which he sustained in the first half of Sunday's 19-9 loss when his leg got caught under a Chiefs defender -- is believed to be an aggravation of the one he initially picked up in the Cowboys' Week 9 loss to Denver. Even if Elliott is able to show enough improvement to avoid taking an injury designation into the Thanksgiving Day matchup, it's possible the Dallas coaching staff looks to monitor his workload and have No. 2 back Tony Pollard take on a more pronounced role in the game plan.

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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Aggravates knee injury Sunday

    Elliott carried the ball nine times for 32 yards and caught all six of his targets for 36 yards in Sunday's 19-9 loss to Kansas City, but he briefly left the game with a lower-body injury, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

    While he tied for the team lead in receptions, Tony Pollard led the team in rushing yards and Elliott left the game after getting his leg trapped under a tackler along the sidelines in the first half. He was able to return to action, however, and Zeke didn't seem concerned about the injury affecting his availability for a Thanksgiving Day clash with the Raiders, per Machota. "Just the same knee, the same knee injury I've been dealing with. It's feeling better, but I rolled up on it, and kind of hurt it. Overall, it's definitely getting better," Elliott said after the game. With Amari Cooper (COVID-19) already ruled out for Thursday and CeeDee Lamb suffering a concussion in Sunday's loss, Dallas can ill afford to lose their star running back as well.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 226 lbs
Birthplace: Alton, IL
Age: 26