Zeke has been suffering from a knee injury for weeks. Instead of giving Zeke time off, they have made the problem worse. This is not Elliott’s fault. The Cowboys coaching staff and medical staff have given him direction.
Jerry Jones is certain he will not miss any time, despite Elliott’s comments about his ailing knee after the Cowboys Thursday Night win.
“His trainers, the people that are the closest to his health, his medical situation, they think he’s really good to go,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “And, so, I don’t see after a 10-day rest here, you know, a lot of times, if you can get through games, if you can push on, then that’s better for you than sitting it out. You actually, if you have an issue, it improves if you’re able to get through and not injure it more. He certainly didn’t injure anything more last night. So, I really look forward to a powerful and dynamic Zeke as we move on into this last part of the season.”
If the Cowboys didn’t have a player capable of supporting Elliott, it would be difficult to force him into action. The Cowboys are still ahead by multiple games in the NFC East and Tony Pollard have been outstanding all season.
Some believe he is better than Elliott, and could be a replacement for Elliott if the Cowboys wish.
Pollard averages 5.6 yard per touch. This includes a 58-yard touchdown on Thursday night. Jones and the Cowboys want more?
Elliott stated that he doesn’t plan to take any time off from his right knee injury and that he expects it will get better. He also clarified that no one had asked him to rest it per Jon Machota.
“I have been struggling with it for nearly two months. It has improved. It can get stiff, but there are other methods I have to do that on the sidelines,” Elliott stated, citing heating wrap as one method. He clarified that he has not been forced to take it easy or rest it by the Cowboys’ coaches and said that “no one has ever brought it up to him.”
During the bye week, Mike McCarthy, the head coach, addressed Elliott’s situation and the possibility of him sitting as the star for another week.
“I haven’t seen Zeke since Thursday so we’ll just go through normal process,” McCarthy stated via Jon Machota. “We are still working on this COVID situation as to how we will play Thursday.
“It’s that season of the year,” McCarthy stated via ESPN. “Zeke is an athletic runner. He is a hard worker and takes a lot of hits. That needs to be evaluated, and we’ll find out what his preparation looks like this week.
Through the Cowboys’ first 12 matches, Elliott had a productive season, running for 765 yards on 173 runs and eight touchdowns. Elliott has also racked up 40 receptions, 230 receiving yards, and a touchdown. For the Cowboys sake, Elliott hasn’t missed a Cowboys game because of injury. This is something that haunted Elliott in previous seasons.