FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Cowboys, who are running back Ezekiel Elliott’s availability, could be up in the air for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears because of a sprained right knee.
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said Elliott will be off practice Wednesday and doing rehab on the side while Dallas tries to manage his workload during the week.
The Cowboys are saying goodbye after playing the Bears, and a two-week break for Elliott could serve him well in the long run. But McCarthy said that would not take into account a possible decision this week.
“That’s just not how we approach it, so we’ll just see how he reacts today,” McCarthy said. “[Director of rehabilitation Britt Brown] will continue to build the plan based on what they achieve today.”
Elliott suffered a blow to his right knee in the second quarter of Sunday’s win over the Detroit Lions. He returned and scored two touchdowns while finishing with 57 rushing yards on 15 carries but noticeably limp in the locker room after the game.
Elliott has 109 carries for 443 yards and four touchdowns this season. The three-time Pro Bowler played most of last season with a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, which he said was taking his seats away. Late in the season he wore a brace on his knee but managed to play every game.
If Elliott, who has missed just one game in his career through injury, is unable to play against Chicago, the Cowboys would lean on Tony Pollard, who has 375 yards and two touchdowns on 67 carries. He’s never had more than 14 carries in a game in his career.
“We’re so lucky to have Tony and Zeke here,” McCarthy said. “I think both are fully resilient.”
The Cowboys have called up undrafted rookie Malik Davis from the practice squad in each of their last two games and also have Qadree Ollison on the practice squad.
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34883006/ezekiel-elliott-knee-sprain-uncertain-play-vs-bears Ezekiel Elliott has knee sprain, uncertain to play vs. Bears