SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl running back Tony Pollard suffered a fractured left fibula Sunday that will need surgical treatment, sources stated.
Pollard suffered the injury with 1:24 left in the very first half of the Cowboys’ 19-12 divisional round loss to the San Francisco 49ers when he was rolled up after an 8-yard catch. Pollard required assistance to the sideline and was using an Aircast on his left leg as he was hauled to the X-ray space inside Levi’s Stadium. He was consequently eliminated for the video game.
“That hurt,” Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott stated. “Just a guy that brings so much to our offense, brings so much to our team. His energy. His energy on the sideline, in the huddle, the way he gets guys going. He’s a special teammate, special player and obviously that one hurt. It hurt us. Wasn’t able to create as many explosive plays as we planned, and I’m sure he would’ve been a big part of some of those had he not gotten hurt.”
Without Pollard, the Cowboys were delegated depend on Ezekiel Elliott and novice Malik Davis. Elliott had actually not balanced 4 backyards per bring in the previous 5 video games and balanced a career-low 3.8 backyards per bring this season, playing a great part of the year with a knee brace to safeguard a sprained median security ligament. Davis had 161 backyards and a goal on 38 brings in the routine season.
Elliott had 10 brings for 26 backyards Sunday, while Davis did not have a bring.
Pollard’s injury might not have actually come at an even worse time for the Cowboys or for him.
He is set up to be an unlimited totally free representative in March and had the very best season of his profession. In 16 regular-season video games, Pollard had 1,007 backyards on 193 brings. He scored 12 goals this season, exceeding the overall he had in his very first 3 seasons. He was called to the Pro Bowl for the very first time in his profession.
The Cowboys were relying on Pollard’s speed versus a San Francisco run defense that completed second versus the run (77.2 backyards per video game). Before getting hurt, he had 6 brings for 22 backyards and 2 catches for 11 backyards.