DALLAS — Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott declined to confirm whether he will be ready to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
He said the bye week had helped him feel much better, but they will wait until Sunday to check on the condition of the knee he injured against the Detroit Lions in Week 8 of the season.
Coach Mike McCarthy said Elliott will practice limited all week, but he had looked good in practice Wednesday and hadn’t regressed from his injury.
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“He had a good day of practice,” McCarthy said of Wednesday’s practice. “He was attacking some gaps. There was no concern with his movements and body mechanics. We want to make sure he is completely fine and undisturbed like he was last year.”
Officially, Elliott has been listed as limited, though on the press-allowing portion, he was polishing off headlines.
“I just need a few more reps to see where I’m at,” Elliott said Wednesday. “I did a lot more today than I did on Monday and yesterday (Tuesday) in rehab. Last week we didn’t have a game, I didn’t practice at all. I’ve had good reps. We’ll see how we go.”
POLLARD DOESN’T WORRY ABOUT OWNERSHIP
Running back Tony Pollard said he’s completely unconcerned about starting, that it’s about winning as a team and that he’s happy with how the coaches decide he goes into games.
Due to Elliott’s injury, Pollard was the starting running back in the Cowboys’ most recent game, against the Chicago Bears, against whom he had 131 yards, including a 54-yard run, and three touchdowns on 14 carries.
“I’m always motivated to show what I can do when I get a chance,” Pollard said.
REHABILITATES TYRON SMITH IN TRAINING
Offensive tackle Tyron Smith began the rehab stage in training camp, though still stripped of gear and fully separated in conditioning drills.
Smith hurt his hamstring a week before the start of the regular season. There are still three weeks left before the Cowboys could open the 21-day window for him to train with the rest of the team and evaluate the date for him to return to play.
Dallas has had to play all season with rookie left tackle Tyler Smith, a first-round draft pick.
The Cowboys activated defensive end Tarell Basham from the injured list today, who had been injured in his right thigh since Week 1 of the season.
The only player on the Cowboys’ active roster listed out of practice due to injury Thursday was linebacker Anthony Barr, who has a hamstring injury.
Tight end Jake Ferguson also did not practice, but due to illness other than Covid.
The team signed offensive tackles George Moore and Alex Taylor to the practice squad.
Mexican Isaac Alarcón continues at left guard on the practice squad.