Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys
Running Back #21
Dallas Cowboys
Running Back #21
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Ezekiel Elliott News

Scores TD in season-ending loss

Elliott carried 14 times for 42 yards and a touchdown while adding three receptions (on four yards) for 19 yards during Sunday's 23-19 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Elliott, who was in and out of the game with apparent minor leg issues, averaged just 3.0 yards per carry against a solid defensive front. He generated fantasy utility with his first rushing touchdown since Week 5 and a handful of receptions, but this production was still less than what we've come to expect from him in previous seasons. Dramatically affected by injuries all over the Dallas offense, Elliott finishes the season with career lows in total touchdowns (eight) as well as rushing yards (979), and he's a prime candidate for a bounce-back 2021-22 season.

Jan 3, 2021 1:35 PM EST


Avoids injury report

Elliott (calf) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports

Analysis: Earlier Wednesday, there was an expectation that Elliott would be limited, as he has been for the previous three weeks, per Jon Machota of The Athletic. Elliott kicked off the session by doing resistance training on the side, seemingly backing up that assumption. However, Elliott managed to do enough to avoid the first practice report of Week 17 entirely. He appears set to handle his typical roughly 20 touches per game Sunday against the Giants.

Dec 30, 2020 12:46 PM EST



Will be limited Wednesday

Elliott (calf) will be limited in practice Wednesday, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The report notes that Elliott, who managed a calf issue heading into Week 16 action, is expected to play Sunday against the Giants. In this past Sunday's 37-17 win over the Eagles, Elliott carried 19 times for 105 yards and caught all four of his targets for 34 yards.

Dec 30, 2020 8:46 AM EST


Tops 100 rushing yards in return

Elliott carried the ball 19 times for 105 yards and caught all four of his targets for 34 yards in Sunday's 37-17 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: His afternoon could have been even more productive, but the fifth-year back was ruled down just short of the goal line on a three-yard run in the second quarter, on a play that might have been overturned had coach Mike McCarthy thrown the challenge flag. Elliott still wound up topping 100 rushing yards for only the second time in 2020, and he looked re-energized after sitting out last week's game due to a calf issue. Elliott will look to keep rolling in Week 17, with a possible NFC East title on the line, against a Giants defense he gashed for 91 yards and two TDs back in Week 5 -- the last rushing touchdowns he's scored to date.

Dec 27, 2020 8:37 PM EST


Returns to lineup

Elliott (calf) is active for Sunday's game against the Eagles.

Analysis: After taking off one game to rest a bruised calf, Elliott is back in the lineup, as expected. His workload remains to be seen, though, after Tony Pollard ripped off 132 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns Week 15 versus the 49ers. There's a chance Elliott yields some reps to Pollard, meaning the former could fall short of his 19.7 touches per game this season.

Dec 27, 2020 12:05 PM EST



Expected to play Sunday

Elliott (calf) is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Eagles, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Elliott is on track to return to the lineup after missing last week's win over the 49ers. Tony Pollard shined in his absence, generating 132 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. It's possible that Pollard handles a few more reps after proving himself last week, but Elliott should still be the lead back if he's, indeed, in the lineup.

Dec 26, 2020 4:44 PM EST


Officially listed as questionable

Elliot (calf) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Philadelphia, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Elliott was a limited practice participant Wednesday and Thursday, before the Cowboys took Friday off. He said Wednesday that he was "looking good" to return for Sunday's game, but we won't necessarily have confirmation before the Cowboys release their inactive list approximately 90 minutes prior to Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff. Tony Pollard filled in for Elliott last week, playing 90 percent of offensive snaps en route to 132 total yards and two touchdowns.

Dec 25, 2020 1:14 PM EST


Logs another limited practice

Elliott (calf) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: During the open part of Thursday's session, Elliott was spotted doing resistance work with the Cowboys' training staff, which has been the norm for the running back of late. He proceeded to back up coach Mike McCarthy's assertion from earlier Thursday that Elliot was slated to be in "limited-practice mode," per Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News. Elliott has mentioned this week that his bruised calf is "way better than last week," but because of the cap placed on his practice reps so far, he may have a few more hurdles to pass before Dallas deems him able to suit up Sunday against the Eagles.

Dec 24, 2020 2:02 PM EST


Limited session on tap Thursday

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said Elliott (calf) will be in "limited-practice mode" Thursday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Assuming the Cowboys' official practice report matches McCarthy's comments, Elliott will be listed as a limited participant for the second day in a row. After sitting out the Cowboys' Week 15 win over the 49ers, Elliott said that his bruised calf is feeling much better this week, leaving him optimistic that he'll be ready to go for Sunday's game against the Eagles. If active for the contest, Elliott should step back into his usual starting role, though the gap in the distribution of the snaps and touches between him and Tony Pollard could become more narrow after Pollard shined as the lead back Week 15 (12 carries for 69 yards and two touchdowns, six receptions for 63 yards on nine targets).

Dec 24, 2020 8:36 AM EST


Officially limited Wednesday

Elliott (calf) was limited at Wednesday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Elliott said that his bruised calf feels "way better than last week," per Gehlken, and he also said that he's "looking good" for Sunday's upcoming divisional matchup against the Eagles. The 25-year-old missed last weekend's win over the 49ers due to his lingering injury, but it would appear that he's trending in the right direction for Week 16. In the event that Elliott were forced to miss more time, however, Tony Pollard would stand to draw another start.

Dec 23, 2020 1:37 PM EST


Plans to return Sunday

Elliott (calf) likes his chances to return for Sunday's game against the Eagles, noting that he felt "way better than last week" during Wednesday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Listed as questionable last week, Elliott ultimately landed on the inactive list in a game-time decision. His optimism after Wednesday's limited practice is a good sign, but fantasy managers will still want to keep tabs on the situation over the next few days. Tony Pollard played 90 percent of offensive snaps in Sunday's 41-33 win over the Niners, producing 132 yards and two touchdowns from 12 carries and nine targets. Elliott had been playing about two-thirds of the snaps before he missed Week 15, averaging 15.8 carries but only 3.4 targets over his past five games, with just a single TD in that stretch.

Dec 23, 2020 11:28 AM EST


Limited practice on tap

Elliott (calf) will be limited at practice Wednesday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Coach Mike McCarthy indicated Monday that Elliott has a chance to suit up Sunday against the Eagles and the running back's looming practice participation Wednesday would appear to boost that possibility. If he's not cleared for the contest, however, Tony Pollard would be in line to head Dallas' Week 16 backfield, backed up by Rico Dowdle.

Dec 23, 2020 9:29 AM EST


May return Week 16

Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that Elliott (calf) "has a chance" to suit up Sunday against the Eagles, Jane Slater of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Elliott focused entirely on resistance work and didn't practice last week, eventually being included among the Cowboys' inactives Week 15 against the 49ers. While the move was somewhat surprising after both national and local media reported he was in line to play, it allowed Tony Pollard to handle 52 of 58 offensive snaps en route to 18 touches for 132 yards from scrimmage and two rushing TDs. McCarthy also noted he expects Elliott to be "further along" with his bruised calf after getting the week off, so the running back's status on Wednesday's injury report will be of interest.

Dec 21, 2020 3:41 PM EST


Surprise inactive Sunday

Elliott (calf) is inactive for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Cowboys managed Elliott's reps the last two weeks due to a bruised calf, but during the most recent one coach Mike McCarthy suggested the running back was "a little further away" than one week prior. The assessment comes as no surprise after Elliott was unable to practice at all this week, instead focusing on resistance work with the training staff. There was an expectation that he would gut out the injury, but Dallas has changed course and will give Elliott the week off. With Elliott sidelined, Tony Pollard is on pace for a large workload Week 15.

Dec 20, 2020 8:34 AM EST


Remains in line to play

Elliott (calf) remains questionable ahead of Sunday's game against the 49ers, but the running back remains on track to suit up in the Week 15 contest, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Though Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged that Elliott has been further behind in his prep for game day while managing the injury compared to last week, the 25-year-old apparently intends to play at less than 100 percent health. Given that Elliott didn't practice at any point this week, he could be in store for a smaller workload than normal, though McCarthy hasn't specifically said that will be in the cards. Most likely, Dallas will see how Elliott looks early on in the contest before deciding whether to scale back his usage in favor of top backup Tony Pollard. Elliott should be officially cleared to play when the Cowboys release their inactive list 90 minutes prior to the 1 p.m. ET kickoff.

Dec 20, 2020 5:17 AM EST


Still on track to play

Elliott (calf) is still on track to play Sunday despite the call up of running back Sewo Olonilua, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: It's worth noting the last time Olonilua was elevated to the active roster in Week 9 Elliott was essentially a game-time decision, but the star back did manage to play and still saw his usual workload. Coach Mike McCarthy has continually reinforced the notion Elliott will be available in Week 15, but fantasy managers should still be actively checking his status ahead of the Sunday 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.

Dec 19, 2020 10:32 AM EST


On track to play, despite absences

Elliott (calf) is expected to play in Sunday's game against the 49ers, despite being listed as questionable after missing practice throughout the week, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Coach Mike McCarthy admitted Friday morning that Elliott is a little behind where he was at the same point last week. However, McCarthy also said "all things look like [Elliott]'s going to play" in Sunday's game against the 49ers. If anything goes wrong before the 1 ET kickoff, Tony Pollard would be in line for a huge workload in a game where the losing team won't have a realistic path to the playoffs.

Dec 18, 2020 1:27 PM EST


On track to play Sunday

Coach Mike McCarthy said "all things look like" Elliott (calf) is going to play Sunday against the 49ers, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: McCarthy also said the 25-year-old is "a little further away" than he was at this point last week, but it apparently isn't a significant concern. Elliott ended up receiving 12 carries for 48 yards and catching two of three targets for 11 yards while playing a typical 63 percent share of the offensive snaps during the win over Bengals, and it appears he's poised for a relatively normal workload again Week 15.

Dec 18, 2020 9:06 AM EST


Set for limited practice

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said Elliott (calf) will be a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: McCarthy relayed that Elliott will be relegated to a side field for his workout Thursday since the running back is "still having after effects" with his bruised calf following his appearance in the Cowboys' win over the Bengals last weekend. Listed as questionable ahead of that contest, Elliott gained clearance to play and handled a relatively normal workload, playing 63 percent of the offensive snaps and finishing with 59 total yards on 14 touches (12 carries, two receptions). Given that McCarthy didn't term Elliott's limitations in practice as a setback, the 25-year-old is still seemingly on track to suit up Sunday against the 49ers.

Dec 17, 2020 8:32 AM EST


Logs DNP on Wednesday

Elliott (calf) officially didn't practice Wednesday, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Prior to the session, coach Mike McCarthy told Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News that Elliott would be limited, with the Cowboys watching him to "see how he responds" from the bruised calf that he played through this past Sunday. Later, Elliott was spotted doing resistance work with the team's training staff, per Gehlken. Considering he eventually was listed as a non-participant, Elliott was unable to progress to individual or team drills. Elliott has two more chances to get on the practice field to prove he's ready for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Dec 16, 2020 3:32 PM EST


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