Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys runningback, is as tough as nails. In Week 4, he partially tore his right knee PCL, but he fought through the pain. However, his latest setback appears to be much worse.
According to The Forth Worth Star Telegram Zeke sustained a grade 2 MCL strain as well as a deep thigh injury in Sunday’s win against the Detroit Lions (24-6). Elliott was not able to practice Wednesday, and Mike McCarthy is yet to decide Elliott’s status for Week 8.
Zeke spoke out about whether he could play on Sunday despite the injury. via Michael Gehlken
“Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott said he’s unsure whether he’ll play vs. Bears. Feels it is “soft” to take off week just because not 100%. Knee feels “stiff.” On resting Sunday with bye to follow: “I think it’s a consideration, but it all depends on how I feel at the end of the week.”
It would be a good idea for Zeke not to play. Dallas will have a week off in Week 9, so he would have some time to recuperate.
Elliott is enjoying a strong season. He has rushed for 443 yards total and 4.1 yards per carry. This includes four touchdowns. Tony Pollard and Elliott have formed a formidable backfield partnership for Dak Prescott, the Cowboys’ new quarterback.
Ezekiel Elliott must stay healthy for the long-term to ensure Dallas makes any noise in the playoffs. They must play safe.