Pollard carried the ball four times for 14 yards and caught both his targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 23-17 loss to the 49ers in the wild-card round. The running back didn't see much action on offense, and Pollard's biggest contribution came on kickoffs, as he gained 50 yards on two returns. The third-year Memphis product put together his best season yet in the NFL, racking up 1,056 scrimmage yards and two rushing touchdowns over 15 games while working behind Ezekiel Elliott in the Dallas backfield. Pollard's 5.5 yards per carry put Elliott's 4.2 mark to shame, but with the starter still carrying a dead cap hit of over $30 million on his contract in 2022, Pollard's role doesn't seem likely to increase next year unless Zeke suffers a significant injury.
Pollard (foot) was a full practice participant Wednesday, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports. Pollard was held out of the Cowboys' Week 18 win at Philadelphia due to the torn fascia in his left foot that he's been playing through since Week 13. While he missed Week 14 as a result, he played in the ensuing three contests, turning 31 touches into 195 yards from scrimmage and no touchdowns. During that same three-game stretch, Ezekiel Elliott notched 39 touches for 144 total yards and three total scores. With Dallas' top two running backs all good on the health front, the backfield is ready to go ahead of Sunday's wild-card matchup with the 49ers.
Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that he thinks Pollard (foot) will practice Wednesday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports. The Cowboys left Pollard behind in Dallas for a Week 18 visit to Philadelphia, a decision that McCarthy described as the team "just being smart with him." With the Eagles sitting key members on both sides of the ball this past Saturday, the Dallas offense had no problem putting up yards and points on its way to a 51-26 victory. No. 1 running back Ezekiel Elliott did just enough to squeak out 1,000 rushing yards (1,002 to be exact) for the fourth time in six campaigns, but a rested and healthy Pollard would get the team's backfield back to 100 percent. Pollard's activity level at Wednesday's session will offer a large clue whether that will come to pass for Sunday's wild-card matchup with the 49ers.
Pollard (foot) will not play Saturday against the Eagles, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports. Pollard was downgraded from 'questionable' to 'out' and won't travel with his teammates to Philadelphia. This isn't necessarily indicative of a setback, with the Cowboys perhaps just being cautious given that there isn't a ton on the line this weekend but will be shortly thereafter. Pollard's absence leaves Corey Clement to handle backfield snaps behind Ezekiel Elliott, who won't necessarily take on his usual workload (the Cowboys haven't commented on expectations there).
Pollard (foot) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game at Philadelphia, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. The Cowboys continue to manage the torn fascia in Pollard's left foot that he suffered during a 58-yard touchdown run in a Week 13 win at New Orleans, capping his reps during all three Week 18 practices. This marks the first time he's been listed with a designation since Week 15 at the Giants, but he proceeded to suit up in that game and rack up his fourth-most yards from scrimmage (87) on the season. Pollard's status will be cleared up, on way or another, by the time Dallas posts its inactive list about 90 minutes before Saturday's 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff.
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