Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys
Running Back #21
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Running Back #21
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Gets into end zone Thursday

Elliott carried the ball 16 times for 92 yards and a touchdown and caught his only target for three yards in Thursday's 28-20 win over the Giants.

Analysis: He scored Dallas' only TD of the first half on a six-yard run early in the second quarter, and Elliott out-gained Tony Pollard for the first time since Week 6 while leading the club in rushing. The 92 rushing yards were a season high for Zeke, and he's scored six touchdowns over his last four games, although he was sidelined for two games in the middle of that stretch with a sore knee. He appears to be 100 percent healthy ahead of a Week 13 tilt against the Colts.

Nov 24, 2022 5:40 PM EST


Ready for Thursday

Elliott (knee) doesn't have a designation for Thursday's game against the Giants, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: After opening Week 12 prep with back-to-back limited listings on Cowboys injury reports, Elliott logged a full session Wednesday, effectively clearing him to play Thursday. In his return from a two-game absence this past Sunday at Minnesota, Elliott started but got a smaller snap count (39-21) than fellow running back Tony Pollard. Both players got in on the act in a 40-3 win, but Elliott's 16 touches went for 47 yards from scrimmage and two rushing TDs, while Pollard's 21 touches resulted in 189 total yards and two receiving scores. It remains to be seen if the breakdown of playing time will begin to tilt back to Elliott, like it did before he suffered a sprained MCL back in Week 7.

Nov 23, 2022 12:29 PM EST



Stays limited Tuesday

Elliott (knee) practiced in a limited fashion Tuesday, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Elliott has maintained limited listings on back-to-back injury reports, which is no surprise with the Cowboys on a short week and the running back himself playing for the first time since Week 7 this past Sunday at Minnesota. During the 40-3 win, he tallied 16 touches for 47 yards from scrimmage and two rushing TDs on a 30 percent share of the snaps. Meanwhile, fellow running back Tony Pollard had 21 touches for 189 total yards and two receiving scores of his own. Assuming Elliott is able to suit up Thursday versus the Giants, he should be afforded his fair share of looks alongside Pollard out of Dallas' backfield.

Nov 22, 2022 1:23 PM EST


Limited during Monday's walkthrough

Elliott (knee) was listed as a limited participant on Monday's estimated injury report, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: The Cowboys held a walkthrough Monday, so the injury report is simply an estimate. Given Elliott returned from a two-game absence and saw 16 touches Sunday, it's a positive sign to see him participate at all the following day. Despite the injury designation, the veteran running back doesn't appear to be in any danger of missing the Thanksgiving tilt against the Giants, but he'll likely continuing splitting carries with Tony Pollard, who's been lights out over the last three weeks.

Nov 21, 2022 2:19 PM EST


Returns with two trips to end zone

Elliott (knee) rushed 15 times for 42 yards and two touchdowns and caught his lone target for five yards in Sunday's 40-3 win over the Vikings.

Analysis: Elliott picked up where he left off prior to a two-game absence with his second two-score performance in as many contests. The 27-year-old split carries evenly with Tony Pollard (15/80/0), with the latter scoring a pair of touchdowns as a receiver. Elliott doesn't possess the big-play ability of his faster position mate, but he was clearly superior at the goal line on his two attempts from in short (Pollard was stuffed twice from one yard out Sunday). Both of Dallas' backs are worthy of starting in fantasy heading into a traditional Thanksgiving tilt against the Giants on Thursday.

Nov 20, 2022 5:40 PM EST



Back in action Sunday

Elliott (knee) is listed as active Sunday at Minnesota, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Elliott is available for the first time since Week 7, when he initially suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain and a thigh bruise. Benefitting from a Week 9 bye, he'll miss just two games as a result, but his workload Sunday remains to be seen as he plays with a brace on his right knee. Tony Pollard fared well in place of Elliott during the latter's absence, recording 275 yards from scrimmage and four rushing TDs on 40 touches. Consequently, Elliott could play second fiddle to Pollard out of the Cowboys backfield, a reality that makes him tough to trust for production.

Nov 20, 2022 12:00 PM EST


Expected to play Sunday

Elliott (knee) is expected to play Sunday against the Vikings, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Official confirmation of Elliott's status will arrive when the Cowboys' inactives are posted ahead of Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff, but Pelissero relays that the running back is in line to rejoin his team's backfield after missing two straight games. In his anticipated return, Elliott is slated to play with a brace on his knee, with the report suggesting that fellow RB Tony Pollard figures to see his share of touches in Week 11, as Elliott is re-introduced to the mix.

Nov 20, 2022 7:29 AM EST


Trending towards playing

The Cowboys did not elevate a running back from the practice squad, signifying Elliott (knee) is expected to play Sunday against the Vikings, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: This seems to be the natural conclusion after both head coach Mike McCarthy and team president Jerry Jones both commented the veteran would play this week. It's worth pointing out Elliott was also "on track" to play Week 10 against the Packers and then reports surfaced shortly before the game that he'd be inactive, so fantasy managers should stay diligent and check reports leading up to the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. Elliott hasn't played since Week 8 due to a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his right knee, and it's possible the Cowboys could limit the 27-year-old given Tony Pollard's (36-246-4) success over the aforementioned time period.

Nov 19, 2022 11:18 AM EST


Listed as questionable

Elliott (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Coach Mike McCarthy and team president Jerry Jones both said Friday that they expect Elliott to play. The running back was a limited practice participant Wednesday through Friday, and potential outcomes for Sunday include being active but handling a lesser role than he's accustomed to. The Cowboys and Vikings are scheduled for a 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, with Tony Pollard likely taking on a large workload in the event Elliott is inactive for a third straight game. The Cowboys apparently don't expect that to happen, but fantasy managers should still keep an eye on the situation given Elliott's injury designation and limited practice participation.

Nov 18, 2022 12:57 PM EST


Expected to suit up vs. Vikings

Coach Mike McCarthy said Friday he expects Elliott (knee) to play versus Minnesota on Sunday, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Elliott is coming off back-to-back limited practice sessions, and while he could still carry an injury tag into Sunday's contest, it appears the Cowboys expect to have him back in action for the first time since Week 7. Tony Pollard has thrived in a lead role, with 100-plus rushing yards in each of Dallas' last two games, so it will be worth monitoring whether Elliott is still feeling any lingering effects from his Grade 2 right MCL sprain. Elliott has said he plans to wear a brace on his right knee, and the Cowboys will next have to look ahead to a short week before taking on the Giants on Thanksgiving Day.

Nov 18, 2022 8:19 AM EST


Remains limited at practice

Elliott (knee) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: On the heels of consecutive capped sessions to kick off Week 11 prep, Elliott spoke to the media Thursday, telling Jon Machota of The Athletic that he's "definitely very optimistic about this week. Barring any setbacks the next couple of days, I feel good. ... I think I'm in a good spot." Elliott added that he intends to wear a brace on his right knee, which is recovering from a Grade 2 MCL sprain that he picked up back in Week 7. Friday's injury report will reveal whether or not he has a designation ahead of Sunday's game at Minnesota.

Nov 17, 2022 1:05 PM EST


Limited in practice

Elliott (knee) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Patrick Walker of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Analysis: Elliott was a limited participant in every practice last week and didn't end up playing in an eventual loss to the Packers. Coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that an upcoming Thanksgiving game and the short week won't have any impact on the active/inactive decision this Sunday at Minnesota, telling reporters that Elliott will play if he's ready, per Todd Archer of ESPN.com.

Nov 16, 2022 2:34 PM EST


Inactive in Week 10

Elliott (knee) is inactive for Sunday's Week 10 clash against the Packers,

Analysis: Optimism surrounded Elliott's status earlier in the week, but the veteran running back's outlook seemingly worsened entering the weekend. The Cowboys indicated they'd err on the side of caution if there were any doubts about Elliott's health, and the first consecutive absence of his career now confirmed, Tony Pollard, who turned in a 131-yard, three-touchdown effort on 14 carries in the lead role against the Bears in Week 8, will once again be in line to help Dallas' backfield versus Green Bay, with Malik Davis and practice-squad callup Qadree Ollison on hand as complementary options. Elliott's next opportunity to take the field will come in a Week 11 clash against the Vikings.

Nov 13, 2022 12:01 PM EST


Could be held out

Elliott, who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Green Bay, may be held out if there's any uncertainty after testing his knee in warmups, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Elliott participated in practice all week but was limited. This report is in contrast to statements from both team owner Jerry Jones and backfield mate Tony Pollard who both said they though Elliott would play. We may not know Elliott's status until inactives are announced ahead of Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff.

Nov 12, 2022 11:17 PM EST


Deemed questionable

Elliott (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Green Bay.

Analysis: Team president Jerry Jones said Friday morning that he expected Elliott to play but still had to see how the running back felt after Friday's practice. He was a limited participant for a third straight day, and possibilities for this Sunday including being active but in a smaller-than-usual role. Backfield mate Tony Pollard also said he expects Elliott to play, but the Cowboys could take it down to a game-time call ahead of the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff Sunday.

Nov 11, 2022 1:11 PM EST


On track to play

Cowboys president Jerry Jones expects Elliott (knee) to play Sunday at Green Bay, Patrick Walker of the Cowboys' official site reports."We'll see how [Elliott] looks out here [on Friday], but I think he's on go," Jones said Friday morning on 105.3 The Fan.

Analysis: Coming out of a Week 9 bye, Elliott managed limited practices Wednesday and Thursday, reportedly looking good in the process. Backfield mate Tony Pollard said he expects Elliott to play Sunday, though Pollard may nonetheless get more work than usual to reduce Zeke's odds of suffering a setback. The Cowboys used Malik Davis in tandem with Pollard when Elliott was held out of the Week 8 win over Chicago.

Nov 11, 2022 9:17 AM EST


Remains limited Thursday

Elliott (knee) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Elliott was tabbed with the same activity level one day prior, but this time around he was seen working on resistance bands (per Todd Archer of ESPN.com) and also running and cutting at full speed (according to Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram). Afterward, fellow running back Tony Pollard said he expects Elliott to suit up Sunday in Green Bay, but ultimately Friday's practice report may provide some clarity about his upcoming availability. If he's active this weekend, Elliott and Pollard could operate in more of a timeshare than normal, especially because the former told Jon Machota of The Athletic on Wednesday that his health in the long term "is definitely the priority."

Nov 10, 2022 1:41 PM EST


Unsure about playing this week

Elliott (knee) took some reps in team drills Wednesday when he was a limited practice participant, but he said he'll need more reps this week to know if he can play Sunday at Green Bay, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Elliott mentioned wanting to take a long-term view, something that was discussed before the Week 9 bye when he missed a Week 8 win over Chicago. The Cowboys have a more than capable backup in Tony Pollard, another factor perhaps pointing toward caution, but it may ultimately come down to how Elliott feels after practicing Thursday/Friday. Another absence would put Pollard in the RB1 picture for fantasy, with Malik Davis on hand for the backup role.

Nov 9, 2022 1:53 PM EST


Returning to practice

Coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that Elliott (knee) will return to practice, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Elliott couldn't practice Monday, but he will resume handling on-field reps Wednesday after having been sidelined since Week 7 due to a right MCL sprain. The Cowboys have offered optimism that Elliott could be available versus Green Bay in Week 10, but the team won't make a final decision until after having a chance to fully evaluate Elliott at practice. If he remains hampered in any significant capacity by the time Sunday's road matchup rolls around, it could spell increased opportunities for Tony Pollard.

Nov 9, 2022 8:40 AM EST


Doesn't practice Monday

Coach Mike McCarthy said Elliott (knee) won't practice Monday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Per Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Elliott said Monday that the swelling in his knee had gone down over the Cowboy's Week 9 bye, and he hopes to return to practice during Week 10 prep. However, the running back admitted he doesn't know when he'll be back to in pads and added that he'll have to wear a brace on his knee when he returns to football activities. McCarthy said Monday's session was light, so it's a little discouraging that Elliott couldn't participate in any fashion, though his absence could be precautionary. Fantasy managers will likely have to monitor Elliott's status throughout the week, and his availability for Sunday's matchup against the Packers may come down to a game-time decision.

Nov 7, 2022 1:04 PM EST


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