This week, Elliott dealt with the aftereffects of a lowering the helmet penalty call that forced him to the sideline for a spell Week 14 against the Eagles, kicking it off with a limited showing at Wednesday's practice. After elevating to a full participant Thursday, Elliott is ready to follow up a 40-touch, 192-yard-from-scrimmage performance, though Sunday's matchup at Indianapolis brings with it the eighth-ranked run defense (102.9 yards per game).
Elliott (shoulder) will participate in Thursday's practice, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Elliott appeared on the Cowboys' initial Week 15 injury report with a sore shoulder, but his absence from Wednesday's practice was characterized as more of a maintenance day than anything. The running back's presence at practice a day later supports that notion, though it won't be known until after the session concludes whether Elliott was a limited or full participant. Either way, Elliott is in no danger of missing Sunday's game against the Colts and should again be on tap for a sizable workload after logging a season-high 40 touches in the Week 14 win over the Eagles.
Elliott was held out of practice Wednesday due to a shoulder injury, Calvin Watkins of The Athletic reports. "Just a maintenance day," Elliott told Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News. "Just got a little sore shoulder. It's late in the season. I've had a lot of touches. Just trying to make sure I'm fresh for Sunday."
After Elliott ripped up the Eagles for 192 yards from scrimmage Week 14, coach Jason Garrett relayed the running back was feeling fine as a result of a neck injury suffered on a lowering the helmet penalty in the fourth quarter. Elliott was seen in sweats at Wednesday's practice, though, creating questions about his health. He put them to rest with his comments afterward. When asked about his ability to maintain a massive workload after receiving 40 touches this past Sunday, he said, "for sure," according to Machota. "Whatever I got to do." Elliott has two more sessions this week to prove that the shoulder issue won't impact his upcoming availability.
Elliott (neck) didn't participate in practice Wednesday, Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News
Hairopoulos notes that Elliott was on the field Wednesday but was in sweats, while his teammates practiced with their helmets on. Per Todd Archer of ESPN.com, the running back suffered a stinger in Sunday's overtime win over the Eagles, but returned to the game and finished with 28 carries for 113 yards and 12 catches for 79 yards. The Cowboys will provide their first Week 15 practice report later Wednesday, which will indicate if Elliott was a non-participant due to injury or merely for rest. Either way, he's expected to be ready to go this weekend against the Colts.
Coach Jason Garrett said Elliott doesn't seem to have any lingering issues from the neck injury he suffered during Sunday's 29-23 overtime win against the Eagles, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
On the Cowboys' first possession of the fourth quarter, Elliott incurred a 15-yard penalty for lowering his head to initiate contact. Because he took some time to stand up, the training staff examined him intently but never gave him an official designation as he reentered the game six snaps later, per Todd Archer of ESPN.com. Elliott didn't seem worse for wear thereafter en route to 192 yards from scrimmage on 40 touches, surpassing his previous career high in the latter category by six. Due to the combination of missing time and the sheer magnitude of his workload Sunday, it wouldn't surprise if his practice reps are capped in some way this week. Wednesday's injury report will reveal whether the Cowboys opt for such an approach.
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