If you thought that missing all of training camp and preseason was going to keep Ezekiel Elliott off the field for Week 1, think again. Ahead of their home opener against the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has revealed how Elliott is preparing.
According to Jane Slater of NFL Network, Garrett said that Elliott will be given a normal workload on Thursday’s practice. He was limited in practice on Wednesday.
Garrett also noted that he found Elliott to be in “great shape” with solid weight.
Elliott is a couple of days removed from receiving a six-year, $90 million contract extension with the Cowboys. The record-setting deal was the biggest for any running back in NFL history.
But that deal only came after a prolonged holdout that kept him out of training camp and preseason.
HC Jason Garrett said RB Ezekiel Elliott is in great shape, weight is good. He was limited in practice Wednesday. They’ll start him out with a similar workload today, see how he handles it #Cowboys
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) September 5, 2019
Prior to the contract extension, the Cowboys seemed more than ready to roll with rookie Tony Pollard. With only three more days before the game, today’s practice will likely determine how many touches Elliott gets.
But the Cowboys won’t want to keep Elliott sidelined for long. In his three NFL seasons, he has led the league in rushing yards per game each year.
Elliott is a two-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection, and has led the league in rushing twice.
We won’t need to wait long to see how he looks though.
The start of the 2019 NFL season is only a few hours away.