Ezekiel Elliott will make his 2017 preseason debut on Saturday against the Oakland Raiders.
On Thursday, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was discussing Elliott’s status with the media when he stated the star running back will suit up and take the field this weekend.
Garrett said the reps are in hopes of getting Elliott ready for Week 1, which he could be available for if his upcoming appeal is successful.
“The biggest thing is having the mindset of preparing him for Week 1 of the season, and that’s the approach we’ve taken,” Garrett said, via NFL.com.
“He got a number of more reps in training camp than he did last year. If you remember he had the hamstring injury last year, ended up playing in the second-to-last preseason game and got 8, 10, 12 snaps in that ballgame. So that is the approach we’ve taken with him and anything beyond that we’ll take as it comes.”
Elliott is expected to see limited action, but it’s important for him to get the reps ahead of a possible six-game suspension. Elliott’s appeal of the suspension — which stemmed from violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy — will be reviewed by Harold Henderson on Aug. 29.
The Cowboys open their 2017-18 season on Sunday, Sept. 10 against the division rival New York Giants in primetime.