Unsure of Ezekiel Elliott’s status against Bears, Cowboys activate two running backs from practice squad – DallasCowboys.com

After injuring his knee last week against the Detroit Lions, running back Ezekiel Elliott is unlikely to be available on Sunday and the team is making preparations.

Ezekiel Elliott hasn’t been officially ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Bears, but he was listed as questionable in the Cowboys’ injury report on Friday. After heavily hinting at the likelihood of rest from Elliott’s knee injury this week – via Jerry Jones and Mike McCarthy – another sign has landed through running back Malik Davis who has been signed to the active roster of 53 players.

Davis was a member of the team’s 17-man practice squad and takes the place of linebacker Devin Harper, who was moved to injured reserve on Saturday with an Achilles tendon injury. It’s unclear if Damone Clark, activated from reserve on Wednesday, will take the field this weekend, but the door could be open now with Harper on IR.

Returning to the offensive end of the ball, and with what could be another sign that Elliott would not return until after the bye week, the Cowboys brought up running back Qadree Ollison from the practice squad to provide insurance to Tony Pollard and Malik Davis.

Tony Pollard ready for heavy work in place of Ezekiel Elliott – Todd Archer, ESPN

With the arrow pointing down in reference to Elliott’s availability versus Chicago, replacement Tony Pollard is ready to fill Elliott’s shoes and his workload.

The Cowboys may find it best to retain Elliott this week and rest him through next week’s bye to ensure he’s good for the final nine games of the regular season. If they do, then Tony Pollard will have a chance that many have wanted to see since Elliott suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last season. “I mean, whatever they ask me to wear, I got it,” Pollard said. “They call it, I’ll carry it.”

Pollard has never had more than 14 carries in an NFL game. The last time he had more was in his last game at Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl against Wake Forest on December 22, 2018, when he carried 17 times for 109 yards and a touchdown.

Since the Cowboys selected him in the fourth round in 2019, the question has been how much work can he handle? In Memphis, he played more as a slot catcher than a running back. With the Cowboys, its use has increased each season. He completed 86 races as a rookie (behind Elliott’s 301), then 101 races in 2020 and 130 races in 2021.

He’s on pace for 163 carries this season, which would go up if Elliott didn’t play the Bears. What Pollard delivered were explosive runs. He had a 58-yard touchdown last season against the New Orleans Saints. He scored 57 yards this season against the Los Angeles Rams. He had rushes of 46, 28 and 25 yards.

Bears starting offensive lineman ruled out with concussion and will promote former first-round pick to active roster – Lester A. Wiltfong Jr., windicitygridiron.com

The Chicago Bears will be without starting offensive tackle Larry Borom against Dallas and activate Alex Leatherwood from the non-football injured list ahead of Sunday’s game.

The team placed starting center Lucas Patrick on injured reserve, so Sam Mustipher will return to the starting lineup, and right tackle Larry Borom is listed as out with a concussion. It’s likely veteran Riley Reiff will make his Bears debut on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys in place of Borom.

The Bears also activated offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood to their 53-man roster today. He was in the middle of his three-week training window after spending four games on the NFI roster with mono.

He started a few games at right tackle as a rookie with the Raiders last year, and the Bears have indicated that’s where they’ll work him when they claim him. However, there were reports this week that Reiff was running with those.

Dallas Cowboys will ‘reunite’ with familiar face in Bears manager Matt Eberflus – Gabby Hajduk, chicagobears.com

Once an assistant to former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, Chicago Bears head coach Matt Eberflus returns to face his old team and talks enthusiastically about the Cowboys front office.

After beginning his NFL coaching career with the Browns for a year, Eberflus joined the Cowboys in 2011 as the team’s linebackers coach.

While coaching in Dallas, he also met Rod Marinelli, whom Eberflus called one of the most influential mentors of his career. Marinelli, a longtime NFL defensive coach and former defensive coordinator for the Bears, moved to Dallas in 2013 to become the defensive line coach and then served as defensive coordinator from 2014 to 2018.

While Eberflus said there won’t be any different emotions when returning to Dallas, he expects a “good vibe,” while expressing his respect for the organization.

“I can’t say enough about the Jones family,” Eberflus said. “They are an amazing property. It’s family oriented. Mr. Jones has been nothing but loyal to me during these years. Seven years is a long close relationship with him. Then also Etienne [Jones], obviously a close relationship with him. He works day to day in the business there. Will McClay, the general manager, does an outstanding job. So nothing but nice things to say and I certainly enjoyed my time there for sure.”

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