Zeke could miss week 13 according to multiple sources.
Ezekiel Elliotts last injury is likely to result in some alteration of the Dallas Cowboys“Offensive game plan.
During an appearance on hello footballNFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport detailed the illness plaguing the running back star, noting that Elliott’s workload could be lightened in an attempt to manage his availability.
“This knee injury, a bone contusion to the knee, is something that will linger all season long unless they step in and essentially take Zeke off the pitch,” Rapoport said on Friday. “Looks like it’s something he’s going to play with. He won’t be himself, he won’t be 100% but he will play. This is the plan.
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy then expressed concerns about Elliott’s health in a conversation with reporters.
“I am worried,” he said, by United States today. “He’s a warrior and he fought to get back to it every time. … Zeke’s racing style is fierce. He gives a pounding and takes a few hits. We have to assess.
After injuring Dallas in Week 11 loss to Kansas City, Elliott said on Wednesday he “can play through” the injury despite some pain. He went on to record nine carries for 25 yards and a touchdown, and six receptions for 24 yards in the Cowboys. Thanksgiving loss to the Raiders.
With Zeke’s health again surrounded by question marks, Tony Pollard – fresh out of a sensational Week 12 effort – the numbers are expected to be in line for more touches and an increased role ahead of a Week 13 clash with the Saints next Thursday.
Dallas Cowboys Consider Sitting Ezekiel Elliott To Treat Knee Injury, Source Says – Ed Werder, ESPN.com
It could be the Tony Pollard show in New Orleans.
The Dallas Cowboys will consider providing a running back Ezekiel Elliott some free time to heal from the knee injury he sustained, including the option to keep him away from Thursday night’s game at New Orleans, a source told ESPN.
The source doesn’t think Elliott’s placement in the casualty reserve is a consideration at this time.
Elliott has always downplayed the importance of his injury. When asked last week if he had discussed taking time off with the coaches, Elliott said it wasn’t necessary.
“It’s football,” he said. “You hurt yourself. You won’t be 100 percent. I am severe. Play through.
However, during a conference call Friday, coach Mike McCarthy admitted his concerns about Elliott.
“It’s that time of year,” McCarthy said. “Zeke’s racing style is fierce. It gives a pounding, and it takes a few hits. We have to assess that, and this week we’ll see what the preparation looks like for him. “
10 Truths About The Cowboys’ Loss To The Raiders: Dallas Needs Dak Prescott To Get Out Of Crisis – Jacques Taylor Jeans, Dallas Morning News
What did the Thanksgiving defeat teach us about this team?
4. Greg Zuerlein is no longer “Greg the Leg”.
The coaching staff just hasn’t figured that out yet. He’s still good, but he’s not tall anymore.
He missed an extra point, his third of the season, and he missed a 59-yard kick. He’s only made four of 13 field goal attempts over 50 yards in the past two seasons.
Maybe it’s time to stop sending him for kicks beyond 50 yards because if you can’t hit a dome when are you ever going to hit it?
But he also had a 45-yard field goal in the last minute, forcing overtime.
The extra run missed is why Dallas attempted a two-run conversion in the fourth quarter after a penalty moved the ball over the one-yard line.
He scored 19 out of 24 goals which is good but not great, which sort of describes Zuerlein as a kicker these days.
Few things turned out Cowboys’ style on Thanksgiving.
Micah Parsons showed up to the NFL and immediately began to make an impact [Watch him set the Dallas Cowboys record for most sacks by a rookie]
Anthony Brown wrestled the entire game against the Raiders [Watch him talk about his worst game of the season]
The Cowboys couldn’t get the win, but Thursday’s game was still a showcase of what Dak Prescott is capable of. [Watch Dak’s best plays from Thanksgiving]
A lot happened in Thursday’s game, but immediately after it was over, only one thing stood out for Isaiah Stanback: 14 penalties, 166 yards [Watch Stanback and two other former Cowboys react to the game on First Word]
Cowboys-Raiders broke audience records on Thanksgiving.
The NFL ate well on Thanksgiving this year, and not just at the dinner table.
CBS revealed on Friday that the Thanksgiving game between the Las Vegas Adventurers and the Dallas Cowboys were the “most watched NFL regular season game on all networks since 1990,” by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. CBS also said the game has averaged 38.531 million viewers.
The Raiders resisted a Cowboys comeback in the second half to win in a 36-33 overtime thriller. The viewing figures were particularly astounding given that the Cowboys lacked star receivers CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper. Raiders tight end Darren Waller also left early with an injury.
Cowboys offer plenty of reasons to be ungrateful with disappointing loss to Raiders – Dan Rogers, Blogging the Boys
Please stop hurting us, @Cowboys
The penalties were disgusting
We’re not going to spend a lot of time talking about the absurd flag-fest we were subjected to in this game because the referees have already garnered more attention than they deserve. Also, it was terrible for both teams as there were a total of 28 combined penalties for 276 yards! It’s hard to get an idea of something like that.
What we can say is that the Cowboys failed to adapt to the way the game was called and as a result they have fallen victim to these bad refereeing decisions on multiple occasions. In the mix of many of these scam calls, there will certainly be learning moments for this Cowboys team.
The corners were horrible
The extra odds that the Raiders offense got through all the defensive penalties certainly hurt, but they were made worse by the poor play of the Cowboys cornerbacks. Anthony Brown was flagged for four pass interference penalties, but I’m not even sure he was the worst performer in the bunch. Trevon Diggs couldn’t stay with his man and was often on hand throughout the receiver’s run. Jourdan Lewis was burned by everyone he covered.
And then there was Brown. While none of his penalties were blatant, there was still just enough contact to justify why a flag was called. Brown’s inability to turn his body only ignites the fire of a happy flag umpire, and it’s his responsibility.
Jerry the optimist strikes again.
There is no denying that the return to work of these star players will make the Cowboys much more competitive. They probably won yesterday with at least one player from Cooper or Lamb and maybe even the week before in Kansas City.
Heck, put Zack Martin on the court in week one and Dallas probably starts the year 8-0.
It’s been that kind of season, and luckily the Cowboys have had enough to overcome the absences and be ever closer to the top of the conference with just six games to go. It makes sense for Jerry and anyone else to think Dallas will be a legitimate contender in January, even with this series of setbacks.
The remaining matches, with the exception of week 17 against the Arizona Cardinals, are all against teams with losing records. Four of them occur in the NFC East, where Dallas is already 2-0 in previous encounters with the Eagles and Giants.
Beating the Saints and their division rivals will help the WL record, but still leave questions about who the Cowboys are really going to enter the tournament. This Arizona game could help, but any optimism right now is still tempered by a long history of disappointing playoff appearances.
These latest losses have dampened enthusiasm around this special year for the Cowboys. Hopefully, the return of key players on both sides of the ball will bring things back to the feel-good atmosphere of the first half of the season.
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