WI GREEN BAY – Ezekiel Elliott’s participation in Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers was up for debate, but the Dallas Cowboys ultimately decided to keep their two-time NFL rushing champion on the sidelines for at least another week as he recovers from a knee sprain.
The Cowboys’ inability to stomp the Packers into submission despite holding a 14-point lead raises the question of whether they might have been able to had Elliott been on the field.
In his absence, the bulk of the work was once again thrust upon Tony Pollard, who played well en route to 115 rushing yards on 22 carries and a rushing touchdown.
Elliott gave an explanation of the choice following the Packers’ 31-28 overtime defeat.
“I got in and got reps in practice last week, on Wednesday and Thursday, I had some solid days,” said Elliott. “But I wasn’t all the way confident in [the knee].”
But knowing there was nothing he could do to stop it from the sidelines made watching his offence collapse late in the game difficult.It’s tough,” he said. “It’s tough to not be able to close that game out. You just gotta be able to learn from the mistakes and get back to it.”
Elliott is regarded as the Cowboys’ “sledgehammer,” so it’s likely that his presence in the four-minute drill would have been felt strongly.
The team tried to use Malik Davis in the position, and it almost worked, but a holding call against Connor McGovern erased a run of more than 20 yards that helped sabotage that attempt.
Elliott could be useful going forward, especially with the hot Minnesota Vikings on the schedule for the following week.
I’m gonna do everything I can to get ready,” he said. “… Super disappointed [in the loss to the Packers]. Would’ve loved to get coach a win here. … We would’ve loved to get him a win tonight.