Tony Pollard

Dallas Cowboys
Running Back #1
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Running Back #1
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Ready for versatile role

Pollard is getting ready to handle snaps in whatever role the Cowboys want him to fill, Coral Smith of NFL.com reports. "I'm open to anything just being on the field, being able to make the most of my opportunities," Pollard said after last month's OTAs. "If I have to line up in the slot a little more, whatever it takes, I'm ready to do it."

Analysis: The 25-year-old produced a career-high 1,545 all-purpose yards last season as a runner, pass catcher and kickoff returner, but Pollard is preparing to take on even more responsibility as a receiver in 2022. "It just makes things a little easier, being out wide, catching the ball, not having to worry about the first line of defense, then the linebackers, then the safeties. Once you're out wide you really just have one guy to beat, and then it's off to the races from there," Pollard said. "I definitely feel like any opportunity I'm given, I'm going to do my best to make the most of it. The more I get, the more I can benefit the team." Even if Ezekiel Elliott stays healthy this season, there could be more touches available for Pollard as he helps round out a depleted receiving corps that lost Amari Cooper in the offseason and will likely be without Michael Gallup (knee) for the early part of the schedule.

Jul 5, 2022 1:26 PM EST


Six touches in wild-card loss

Pollard carried the ball four times for 14 yards and caught both his targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 23-17 loss to the 49ers in the wild-card round.

Analysis: The running back didn't see much action on offense, and Pollard's biggest contribution came on kickoffs as he gained 50 yards on two returns. The third-year Memphis product put together his best season yet in the NFL, racking up 1,056 scrimmage yards and two rushing touchdowns over 15 games while working behind Ezekiel Elliott in the Dallas backfield. Pollard's 5.5 yards per carry put Elliott's 4.2 mark to shame, but with the starter still carrying a dead cap hit of over $30 million on his contract in 2022, Pollard's role doesn't seem likely to increase next year unless Zeke suffers a significant injury.

Jan 16, 2022 7:51 PM EST



Puts in full practice Wednesday

Pollard (foot) practiced in full Wednesday, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Analysis: Pollard was held out of the Cowboys' Week 18 win at Philadelphia due to the torn fascia in his left foot that he's been playing through since Week 13. While he missed Week 14 as a result, he played in the ensuing three contests, turning 31 touches into 195 yards from scrimmage and no TDs. During that same three-game stretch, Ezekiel Elliott notched 39 touches for 144 total yards and three total scores. With Dallas' top two running backs all good on the health front, the backfield is ready to go ahead of Sunday's wild-card matchup with the 49ers.

Jan 12, 2022 2:03 PM EST


On pace to practice Wednesday

Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that he thinks Pollard (foot) will practice Wednesday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: The Cowboys left Pollard behind in Dallas for a Week 18 visit to Philadelphia, a decision that McCarthy described as the team "just being smart with him." With the Eagles sitting key members on both sides of the ball this past Saturday, the Dallas offense had no problem putting up yards and points on its way to a 51-26 victory. No. 1 running back Ezekiel Elliott did just enough to squeak out 1,000 rushing yards (1.002, to be exact) for the fourth time in six campaigns, but a rested and healthy Pollard would get the team's backfield back to 100 percent. Pollard's activity level at Wednesday's session will be telling for that to come to pass ahead of Sunday's wild-card matchup with the 49ers.

Jan 11, 2022 6:50 PM EST


Downgraded to out

Pollard (foot) will not play Saturday against the Eagles, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Pollard was downgraded from 'questionable' to 'out' and won't travel with his teammates to Philadelphia. This isn't necessarily indicative of a setback, with the Cowboys perhaps just being cautious given that there isn't a ton on the line this weekend but will be shortly thereafter. Pollard's absence leaves Corey Clement to handle backfield snaps behind Ezekiel Elliott, who won't necessarily take on his usual workload (the Cowboys haven't commented on expectations there).

Jan 7, 2022 12:44 PM EST



Questionable for Saturday

Pollard (foot) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game at Philadelphia, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Cowboys continue to manage the torn fascia in Pollard's left foot that he suffered during a 58-yard touchdown run in a Week 13 win at New Orleans, capping his reps during all three Week 18 practices. This marks the first time he's been listed with a designation since Week 15 at the Giants, but he proceeded to suit up in that game and rack up his fourth-most yards from scrimmage (87) on the season. Pollard's status will be cleared up, on way or another, by the time Dallas posts its inactive list about 90 minutes before Saturday's 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff.

Jan 6, 2022 1:32 PM EST


Another limited showing

Pollard (foot) was limited at Wednesday's practice, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Pollard again is dealing with the torn fascia in his left foot that he suffered during a Week 13 win at New Orleans. While he was sidelined Week 14 in Washington, he's played in each of the Cowboys' ensuing three contests, turning 31 touches into 195 yards from scrimmage. Pollard has put together back-to-back limited listings on Dallas' first two Week 18 practice reports, leaving Thursday as his last chance to head into Saturday's game at Philadelphia without an injury designation.

Jan 5, 2022 1:34 PM EST


Limited by lingering foot injury

The Cowboys listed Pollard (foot) as a limited participant for Tuesday's walk-through practice, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: As the Cowboys began preparing for Saturday's regular-season finale with the Eagles, Pollard was likely just getting some extra maintenance for the left foot injury he sustained on a 58-yard touchdown run against the Saints back in Week 13. He proceeded to sit out the Cowboys' Week 14 win over Washington, but Pollard has been back in the lineup for the past three games and has taken on a role similar to the one he held pre-injury. Since his Week 15 return, Pollard is averaging 10.3 touches and 65.0 yards from scrimmage, though he has yet to find the end zone in any of those three games.

Jan 4, 2022 3:36 PM EST


Six touches in loss

Pollard carried the ball three times for nine yards and caught three of five targets for 49 yards in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: The Cowboys' ground game couldn't get going at all, with Dak Prescott ending up leading the team in rushing yards, but Pollard was able to find some success through the air. He's delivered at least 50 scrimmage yards in seven straight games, catching multiple passes in each, but has only found the end zone once during that stretch. He'll look to finish the regular season on a high note in Week 18 against the Eagles, but with the Cowboys having little to play for, Pollard could be among the players who get extra rest ahead of the playoffs.

Jan 3, 2022 2:14 PM EST


Combines for 50 yards on SNF

Pollard rushed eight times for 34 yards and caught two of three targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 56-14 win over Washington.

Analysis: Pollard split touches with Ezekiel Elliott as expected, but neither player registered double-digit carries after Dallas practically locked up the victory at halftime. The latter was the beneficiary of two trips to the end zone, giving Elliott the superior fantasy game. The good news for Pollard's managers was that the touches remained fairly even, keeping the home-run hitting tailback in startable range heading into an important matchup against the Cardinals next Sunday.

Dec 26, 2021 10:20 PM EST


Set to play in Week 16

Pollard (foot) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's contest against Washington, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Analysis: After sitting out Week 14 in Washington due to a torn fascia in his left foot, Pollard returned to his typical workload this past Sunday against the Giants, turning 41 percent of snaps into 15 touches for 87 yards from scrimmage. While he'll be working behind Ezekiel Elliott (knee) again this weekend, Pollard should be in line for something similar to the 11.8 touches per game he's earned through 13 appearances this season.

Dec 24, 2021 12:42 PM EST


Limited again Thursday

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

Analysis: Pollard maintained his activity level from Wednesday's session as he continues to work his way through a torn plantar fascia in his left foot. He was able to play through the injury this past Sunday against the Giants on his way to 15 touches for 87 yards from scrimmage. Friday's practice report could provide some clarity on Pollard's availability heading into the weekend.

Dec 23, 2021 12:51 PM EST


Logs limited practice Wednesday

Pollard (foot) was limited at Wednesday's practice, Matthew Paras of The Washington Times reports.

Analysis: Pollard was spotted doing his usual resistance training at the beginning of the session, per Jon Machota of The Athletic. Despite working through a torn plantar fascia in his left foot, Pollard churned out 74 yards on 12 carries and caught all three targets for 13 yards this past Sunday versus the Giants. Assuming he gets through Week 16 prep and is able to play Sunday against Washington, Pollard should take on a similar workload behind starting running back Ezekiel Elliott (knee).

Dec 22, 2021 1:25 PM EST


Impressive with normal workload

Pollard (foot) rushed 12 times for 74 yards and brought in all three targets for 13 yards in the Cowboys' 21-6 win over the Giants on Sunday. He also fumbled once but recovered.

Analysis: The talk coming in was that the Cowboys would manage Pollard's workload carefully in his return from a one-game absence, but the 24-year-old's 15 touches was actually his fourth-highest tally of the season. Pollard looked explosive and unencumbered by the previously troublesome foot while accruing a team-high amount of rushing yards and should be ready to operate in his usual role again versus Washington in Week 16.

Dec 19, 2021 3:31 PM EST


Suiting up, may be limited Week 15

Pollard (foot) is active for Sunday's game against the Giants, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Though Pollard will make his return to action following a one-game absence due to a torn plantar fascia of his left foot, the third-year back is expected to play "a couple dozen snaps" as the Cowboys look to ease him back into action, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. With that in mind, starter Ezekiel Elliott projects to start and lead the position group in both snaps and touches, and third-stringer Corey Clement is expected to have a small role in the game plan behind Elliott and Pollard. The likelihood of Dallas limiting Pollard's workload makes him a less appealing option in fantasy lineups than usual coming off the injury.

Dec 19, 2021 8:34 AM EST


Expected to play Sunday

Pollard (foot) is expected to play Sunday against the Giants, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Pollard returned to practice in a limited capacity Thursday and Friday, and it appears as though he'll be able to suit up following his one-game absence due to a plantar fascia tear. However, the Cowboys could use a cautious approach in an attempt to prevent him from aggravating the injury.

Dec 18, 2021 8:50 PM EST


Questionable, likely GTD

Pollard (foot) was a limited practice participant Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants.

Analysis: Pollard missed practice all of last week and again this Wednesday before returning for limited sessions Thursday and Friday. He said Friday that he anticipates being a game-time decision ahead of the 1:00 ET kickoff Sunday, with his painful plantar fascia tear feeling better in recent days. If Pollard can't go, Corey Clement will step up as the No. 2 back behind Ezekiel Elliott again.

Dec 17, 2021 3:04 PM EST


Limited in return to practice

Pollard (foot) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Pollard was unable to mix into drills to begin Week 15 prep, but he ended up taking part in individual drills during the open portion of Thursday's session, per Todd Archer of ESPN.com. The result was a limited listing, which followed coach Mike McCarthy telling Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News that the torn plantar fascia in Pollard's left foot is "getting better." Pollard is aiming to miss just one game as a result of the injury, but he still seems poised to enter the weekend with a designation for Sunday's road contest against the Giants.

Dec 16, 2021 12:41 PM EST


Spotted at practice Thursday

Pollard (foot) was present for Thursday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Per Todd Archer of ESPN.com, Pollard went through some individual drills during the media-access portion of the session, which is a step in the right direction for the running back as Sunday's game against the Giants approaches. Thursday's injury report will add clarity with regard to Pollard's official level of participation in the practice.

Dec 16, 2021 10:14 AM EST


DNP after all Wednesday

Pollard (foot) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Analysis: Prior to the session, coach Mike McCarthy told Helman that he expected Pollard to be limited. According to Todd Archer of ESPN.com, Pollard managed his typical resistance work on the side, but in the end it didn't translate to any practice reps. McCarthy also relayed that the Cowboys are "feeling a lot better" about Pollard's odds to suit up this Sunday against the Giants than they were before he eventually was ruled for their Week 14 game at Washington, per Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News. Pollard is attempting to miss just one contest as a result of a torn plantar fascia in his left foot.

Dec 15, 2021 2:07 PM EST


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