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New Injury Update For Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott

A headshot of Ezekiel Elliott.

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 30: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys spits water before a game against the Detroit Lions at AT&T Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott took a hard hit to the knee in the second half against Tampa Bay earlier this afternoon. Here's the latest on the status of the Cowboys' running back.

Elliott took a hard hit to the knee from a Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defender in the third quarter of today's game.

The Cowboys' star running back limped off the field and was replaced by Rod Smith for a couple of plays.

"After a 1-yard run in the third quarter, Ezekiel Elliott limped off to the sideline and was replaced by Rod Smith for two plays. Something to keep an eye on as the game goes along," Cowboys writer Todd Archer tweeted.

Elliott was able to come back into the game and has looked fine since returning. "Ezekiel Elliott caught a helmet straight to the left knee. Square contact. He left for two plays, but he's back on the field right now."

Keeping Elliott healthy heading into the playoffs has to be a major priority for the Cowboys, though they have to get to the playoffs first.

The Cowboys need a win today to clinch the NFC East division.

Dallas is leading Tampa Bay, 17-13, late in the third quarter. Stay tuned for more updates on Elliott.