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Ezekiel Elliott Injury Could Cause Major Shakeup in Cowboys Offense

Max Staley
Ezekiel Elliott injury could cause a major shakeup in the Dallas Cowboys offense.
Ezekiel Elliott injury could cause a major shakeup in the Dallas Cowboys offense. / David Eulitt/GettyImages
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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been dealing with a knee issue recently. While he's retained his role as the Cowboys' lead back, that could be changing soon. NFL Network's Ian Rappaport reported that Dallas could be looking to increase Tony Pollard's role to manage Zeke's injury.

Ezekiel Elliott Injury Update

It's pretty clear that Elliott hasn't been himself lately. After averaging 15.8 carries for 73.7 rushing yards per game over his first nine appearances, Zeke has turned 18 carries into just 57 yards over his last two outings.

Decreasing his workload could be a great way to ensure Elliott is at full strength when the Cowboys need him at the end of the season.

Tony Pollard Cowboys

If Dallas needs Pollard to take on a bigger role, he's proven he'll be up to the task. He's averaging a whopping 5.3 yards per carry this season (compared to 4.5 for Elliott) and turned 14 touches into 68 yards from scrimmage with an electric kickoff return TD in Week 12.

And the last time we saw Pollard handle bell-cow duties was Week 15 of 2020, when he turned 18 touches into 132 yards from scrimmage and 2 TDs.

Likely to see an increased role, Cowboys fans should be expecting a big game from Pollard against the New Orleans Saints in Week 13.


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