Week 11 of the 2021 NFL season didn't go well for the Dallas Cowboys, resulting in a 19-9 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. To make matters worse, running back Ezekiel Elliott briefly exited the game after re-aggravating a lingering knee injury.
Fortunately, the Cowboys received a great injury update Tuesday. Elliott told reporters after practice that his knee feels better and that he expects to play in Thursday's Thanksgiving clash against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Ezekiel Elliott Injury Update
Elliott also told reporters that the situation requires him to monitor the pain any time he takes a hit. He added that he hasn't considered sitting out to rest his injury
Elliott had a modest showing against the Chiefs, rushing the ball nine times for 32 yards and catching each of his six targets for 36 receiving yards. Meanwhile, backup RB Tony Pollard looked great when Elliott wasn't on the field, finishing the game with 70 yards from scrimmage on seven touches.
At the end of the day, having Elliott likely playing in Week 12 is huge news for the Cowboys. Dallas has been bit by the injury bug lately, with CeeDee Lamb in concussion protocol and Amari Cooper already being ruled out for Thursday with COVID-19.
The great news for Elliott and the Cowboys is that the Raiders are awful at stopping the run. Las Vegas is giving up 132.1 rushing yards per game so far this season — the fourth-highest average.
FanDuel Sportsbook is currently listing the Cowboys as the clear-cut 7.5-point favorites over the Raiders, which means it could be a busy afternoon for Elliott and Dallas' backfield.
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