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Jerry Jones Has A New Message For Ezekiel Elliott

dallas cowboys owner jerry jones walks onto the field

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 19: Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, walks on the field before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium on November 19, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Dallas Cowboys fans, it might be panic time. With the 2019 NFL season just a few days away, star running back Ezekiel Elliott remains absent from the team.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones seems comfortable going into the 2019 regular season without Elliott. Late Thursday night, Jones now said he is "operating as though right now [Elliott] is going to miss regular season games."

"My entire expectation for what we're putting together as a team right now would anticipate with him holding out...that he's going to miss games," Jones said via Jon Machota.

Jones made it clear he thinks Elliott should honor his contract.

"If we do a new contract, what’s to assure us that this time next year or three months later, we won’t be talking about another contract? If we’re not gonna honor contracts?" the Cowboys owner said in a radio interview.

Earlier this week, Jones made an interesting comment about Zeke's holdout. "We've got a marathon here. We want Zeke when we get to the playoffs. We want Zeke when we're in the dog days of the season," Jones said.

It looks like the Cowboys are comfortable heading into the 2019 season without Elliott on the field. Rookie running back Tony Pollard could be in for a serious workload.