The biggest story involving the Dallas Cowboys is Ezekiel Elliott and his holdout from the team. With only a few weeks left until the regular season, time is running out for the two sides to reach an agreement on a new deal.
Elliott has two years remaining on his rookie contract, but the All-Pro running back is looking for a lucrative extension.
Dallas is going with a backfield combination of Tony Pollard, Mike Weber and Alfred Morris in Elliott’s absence. Jerry Jones even joked about the situation, saying “Zeke who?”
While the Cowboys continue their preparation for the season opener, head coach Jason Garrett spoke to NFL reporter Jane Slater about Elliott’s holdout.
Garrett made it very clear that he’s still in touch with Elliott.
“Yeah all very positive. Zeke is someone we love,” Garrett told Slater. “We love him as a guy. Love him as a player. He loves football. He loves being around here, and he goes about it the right way in terms of how he practices and how he plays.”
Here is the full dialogue between Brown and Slater:
#Cowboys back in Frisco for training camp. Zeke still isn’t. HC Jason Garrett tells me he’s stayed in touch with Zeke and “Zeke is someone we love. We love him as a guy. Love him as a player.” pic.twitter.com/5rdloZFeER
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) August 20, 2019
Elliott led the league in rushing last season with 1,434 yards.
We’ll see if Dallas can bring back Elliott in time for the start of the regular season.