FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott does not wish to take a video game off regardless of a bruised right knee.
“No one’s came to me and asked me to rest,” Elliott stated Sunday as the Cowboys opened preparation for Thursday’s video game versus the New Orleans Saints.
If they do, Elliott stated he would listen.
“I’ve just got to go with what they believe is best for the team,” he stated.
Elliott stated he has actually been handling the injury given that banging the knee in the group’s Oct. 3 win versus the Carolina Panthers.
A day after the Thanksgiving Day loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, coach Mike McCarthy revealed issue for Elliott’s health after the running back had simply 25 lawns on 9 brings. Elliott has actually not topped 51 lawns in his previous 4 video games, the most affordable output of his profession.
“It’s that time of year,” McCarthy stated. “Zeke’s running style is ferocious. He gives a pounding and he takes some hits. We need to evaluate that and this week we’ll see what the preparation looks like for him.”
A source informed ESPN the Cowboys will think about offering Elliott time off to recover, consisting of the possibility of holding him out of Thursday’s video game. The source does not think positioning Elliott on hurt reserve is a factor to consider at this time. That would need Elliott to miss out on a minimum of 3 video games.
The Cowboys have actually downsized Elliott’s snaps in the previous 4 video games to assist handle the injury. He has actually played 164 of 280 offending snaps (58.6%) after playing in 379 of 451 (84%) in the very first 7 video games of the season.
Elliott has actually missed out on simply one video game in his profession since of injury (last December vs. the San Francisco 49ers, since of a calf stress). He was held out of the season endings in 2016 and ’18 since the Cowboys’ playoff position was set, and he was suspended for 6 video games in 2017.
“He’s the ultimate competitor,” ideal guard Zack Martin stated. “We see it on a day-in, day-out basis and I think everyone is seeing it. He takes great pride in being there for his teammates and doing whatever he can in his power to help this team win. For me, he’s one of the top competitors I’ve been around, and he’s going to keep doing that.”