Ezekiel Elliott Injury Update: RB To Wear Knee Brace in Dallas Cowboys at Packers
FRISCO – Ezekiel Elliott, the Dallas Cowboys runningback, sat out Monday’s workout. He was not sure if he would be practicing during the Wednesday scheduled workout.
Now, a Wednesday morning update is available from The Star.
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy stated that Elliott will be joining Malik Hooker, Sam Williams and Anthony Barr in a return practice today.
“We will watch the reps together with Zeke,” McCarthy said. He added, “He assured me that he is fine and ready to go. … Everything looks positive.”
The Cowboys meanwhile won’t activate James Washington’s 21-day practice window today, McCarthy said.
“James “is very, very close” to being ready. McCarthy said that Washington’s move is expected to take place next week.
About Elliott: After sitting out the Week 8 victory over Chicago, and then getting rest during the bye week. Dallas believes that he will play Sunday at Green Bay. Jerry Jones, his owner, said, “It’s expected he’ll go.”
And Zeke also believes the same thing, but with an asterisk.
If he does return to the lineup to claim his role in the Dallas offense in Week 10, Elliott is telling the Star-Telegram he will wear a knee brace.
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The swelling has reportedly been reduced, and maybe the discomfort of the knee sprain has as well. Elliott is clear that he doesn’t want to be soft. As such, he will likely find a way to continue… the brace will be used in part to stabilize the knee and possibly as a psychological safety blanket.
Elliott played much of last season with a PCL sprain and wore a knee brace then for the first time since high school, saying at the time, “It just kind of holds me in place. When I get gimpy, or banged up, it’s when I roll up, roll on, or land on my knee The 6-2 Cowboys consider Elliott an important piece to the puzzle, this week at Lambeau Field… and beyond. Jones says, “We go where Zeke goes.”
In Elliott’s absence, Tony Pollard burned the Bears in a 49-29 win with 131 rushing yards and three touchdowns. If necessary, Pollard could do it again. Maybe. That’s not Dallas’ plan. Position coach Skip Peete stated, “You need both .”
And that’s also not Ezekiel Elliott’s plan.
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