The Dallas Cowboys will make their 2016 preseason debut this weekend against the Los Angeles Rams, but don’t expect to see the Cowboys’ prized first-round pick on the field.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett discussed the status of his rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, who is nursing a hamstring injury, when he revealed it is unlikely Elliott will be able to play after missing the week of practice.
“They need practice time. They need to practice,” Garrett said. “We’re not just going to put them out there in a game situation. A lot of the guys who haven’t practiced will practice for at least three or so days and oftentimes more than that before we put them out there.
“He is making progress and again he falls into the category of soft tissue injuries that you have to be pretty deliberate with before you bring guys back. That’s one of those injuries if you bring him back a day or two too soon all of a sudden you can have a six- or seven-week injury and we don’t want that for him or for anybody else on our team. He’ll continue to work on the side. He’s done a little bit more each day.”
If Elliott is unable to go, the Cowboys will have veteran Alfred Morris and sixth-rounder Darius Jackson leading the rushing attack.
Luckily, this is only the preseason and Elliott’s injury does not appear to be serious, so he should be ready to show off why he was a top five pick when the Cowboys officially kickoff the 2016-17 campaign on Sunday, Sept. 11 against the division rival New York Giants.