The Dallas Cowboys are only six days away from their season opener but still don’t have Ezekiel Elliott back. While that may change in the days to come, the Cowboys have decided to add another running back to the room.
According to Todd Archer via NFL Network’s Jane Slater, the Cowboys are signing running back Jordan Chunn. The Cowboys moved him up from the practice squad to do so.
Chunn was an undrafted free agent out of Troy in 2018. He spent his rookie season on the practice squad before signing a reserve/future contract with the team after the season.
As a college player, Chunn was a two-time All-Sun Belt selection, rushing for 3,124 yards and 47 touchdowns for Troy.
I can also confirm as @toddarcher first reported that RB Jordan Chunn has been moved from the practice squad to the 53 man roster. Chunn also plays special teams but some insurance here heading into Week 1. https://t.co/oAlssXpgo3
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) September 2, 2019
Per the report, Chunn is unlikely to see the field much outside of special teams work, though.
Nevertheless, the move does seem to indicate that the Cowboys are hedging their bets in case Ezekiel Elliott doesn’t return to the team in time for Week 1.
Elliott and the Cowboys reportedly were making progress on a deal over the weekend, but this move could indicate that negotiations have stalled.
Sources confirm the Cowboys are signing RB Jordan Chunn to active roster, which gives another indication of the stalled progress in the Zeke Elliott negotiations. #ZekeWatch
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) September 2, 2019
The Cowboys have been locked in a war of words with Elliott over the All-Pro running back’s contract holdout.
If Elliott can’t reach a deal with Dallas before Sunday’s game, rookie Tony Pollard is expected to get a lion’s share of the carries.