Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys owner, announced Friday that Ezekiel Elliott will be returning next week against Green Bay Packers.
Tony Pollard was a shining star in Elliott’s absence, running for 131 yards against the Chicago Bears and three touchdowns. His performance led to debate about whether he should run as the primary running back in Dallas.
Jones, on 105.3 The Fan gave Pollard credit for being a “weapon” in the Cowboys’ offense. The team will still rely heavily on Elliott.
“I think Tony answered, visibly, what most thought and that is that he’s an outstanding weapon to win football games with, to be trite,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “He can do it and he can do it at this level, consistently. But, yes I expect Zeke back against Green Bay.”
Statistically, Pollard is statistically superior to Elliott in this season.
Pollard has 506 yards of rushing, 121 receiving yards, and five total touchdowns. Elliott has 443 yards of rushing, 32 receiving yards, and four touchdowns.
Pollard averages 6.7 yards per touch from the scrimmage. Elliott averages just 4.1 yards from scrimmage per touch.
Having both running backs available is what makes the Cowboys great. Jones’ comments suggest that this will be the case next Sunday.