Here's Who Will Replace Ezekiel Elliott If He's Suspended

By Leo Abbe-Schneider
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Unfortunately for Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys (and for Elliott dynasty owners or anyone who was looking forward to drafting him this year), their star running back was involved in yet another off-the-field incident this offseason and could be facing a suspension.

It is still unclear if–or for how long–Elliott would be suspended, but both the Cowboys and fantasy owners need to have contingent plans in place. Here's who is next in line for the Cowboys.

The Cowboys did well to plan for the possibility of Zeke missing time, drafting two running backs in this year's draft. First, they took Tony Pollard in the fourth round. Then they drafted former Ohio State running back Mike Weber in the seventh.

Pollard proved his explosiveness in college, accounting for 25 total touchdowns while at the University of Memphis. He also demonstrated effectiveness in the passing game, catching 104 balls for 1,292 during his college career. Weber rushed for over 2,600 yards during his career at Ohio State while splitting time with J.K. Dobbins.

While no one knows for sure who would be the leader in the backfield if the Cowboys were to go without Elliott for a stretch, they have depth at the position with both of the rookies and former practice squad player Darius Jackson. Given the different skill sets for each of these players, it is certainly possible that the Cowboys would use all three as they see fit. While their specific roles are still very much up in the air (it is still only May, after all), look for the Cowboys to selectively use Jackson and Weber as runners while creating ways to get Pollard the ball in space.