Ezekiel Elliott Limited By Hamstring Injury

However, the owner wants the running back against the Steelers

FRISCO, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys don’t know if Garrett Gilbert or Cooper Rush will start at quarterbacks Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but it’s possible either will have a depleted Ezekiel Elliott.

Ezekiel Elliott suffered a hamstring strain while trying to recover a fumble in last week’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, and has been limited in the last two practices. Coach Mike McCarthy said he believed Elliott was going to be able to do more than he did Thursday, but at 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he expects the running back to play against the Steelers.


Ezekiel Elliott is on his longest streak of games with less than 100 yards rushing. Getty

“He has a hamstring (injury) that we’re being smart about,” McCarthy said. “That’s why he was limited (on Thursday), he felt better today. But our work (on Saturday) will tell us a lot and we will carry it with all the exercise and that will tell us how it is. “

Ezekiel Elliott is typically one of the first players on the field in pregame warm-ups.

On Thursday, Elliott underwent a full-equipment resistance training rehab during the open-to-media portion of the practice. The Cowboys did not practice Friday. Instead, they go through a regeneration program and will train on Saturday.

Ezekiel Elliott would play somewhat limited against the Steelers – if he does. Getty

If Elliott can’t play or is limited, the Cowboys would go with Tony Pollard. They also have unselected rookie Rico Dowdle on the 53-man roster.

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Elliott is in the midst of his longest streak without a 100-yard game. He’s at a pace for just 1,042 yards, impacted by the loss of quarterback Dak Prescott and games in which the Cowboys don’t run much.

“Tony Pollard is ready for the role we need,” McCarthy said. “It has impressed me in the last three weeks. He is playing very well ”.

McCarthy did not give any updates on the quarterback situation. Neither Gilbert or Rush have started a game in their careers, but McCarthy said the game plan will be the same for everyone.

“We are still working on the process,” McCarthy said. “I think the most important point, along with the goal, is to make sure that both Garrett and Cooper are ready with the plan. I mean, the replays haven’t been distributed evenly. I don’t want to specify, but learning from last week, with all the pressure in the Philadelphia game, to give us the best chance offensively, my focus is to make sure both Garrett and Cooper are ready to play. “