Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has not played in the team’s first three preseason games. It has nothing to do with him being suspended for the first six games of the regular season. Instead, Dallas has just decided the injury risk isn’t worth him playing in meaningless games.
That might end this week. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett indicated on Tuesday that Elliott might play a little bit against the Oakland Raiders.
“I haven’t made that decision. I just haven’t had those discussions with him,” Garrett said of Elliott, via NFL.com. “I do think Zeke playing in the game last year against Seattle (in Week 3 of the preseason) was good for him and good for our team. I think he played eight, 10, 12 plays in the game. If he plays, he’ll play in a similar fashion.”
Elliott has appealed the six-game ban the NFL handed him for his alleged involvement in a domestic violence situation with ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson.
If Elliott’s appeal is successful, he will be on the field Week 1 against the New York Giants. Heck, he will take this to the courts, which could enable him to play. If that’s the case, the Cowboys will want to get the second-year back some reps.