Ezekiel Elliott, the Dallas Cowboys’ star running back, is currently in uncertain health. The Ohio State product has been recovering from a knee injury over the past few weeks.
According to a recent report by ESPN, Elliott may be resting in the Cowboys’ upcoming game at New Orleans. This will allow Elliott to rest his knee, take a week off and prepare for the Cowboys next game against the Washington Football Team.
Elliott ran nine times for 25 yards on Thanksgiving against the Las Vegas Raiders. Head coach Mike McCarthy discussed Elliott’s current status and the possibility of keeping 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 ferocious and gives it all. That needs to be evaluated, and we’ll find out what his preparation looks like this week.
Through the Cowboys’ first eleven games, Elliott had a productive season, running for 720 yards on 160 runs and eight touchdowns. Elliott has also racked up 38 receptions, 228 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.
Elliott stated, “It’s football.” “You get hurt. You won’t be 100%. I’m tough. It’s okay to fail.
ESPN analyst breaks down Ezekiel Elliot’s success with the Cowboys
Elliott is now in his sixth NFL year with the Dallas Cowboys. He continues to rush with efficiency and helped lead the Cowboys’ 7-4 record going into the bye.
For a long time, however, it was unclear if Elliott would be able return to his early-career form. He ran for 1,631 yards, averaging 5.1 yards per run, and scored 15 touchdowns in his rookie year. In 2020, Elliott averaged only four yards per carry and failed to surpass 1,000 yards rushing. He also had six touchdowns.
This year, Elliott has been a great backfield player for the Cowboys. Greg Cosell , an ESPN analyst, broke down the factors that helped Elliott to regain his effectiveness. It all starts with assessing run gaps.
Cosell briefly mentioned that the Cowboys have been able to block some impressively with linemen Terrence Steele, Zack Martin . But Elliott’s ability read defenses sets him apart.