FRISCO, Texas – After missing the first game of his career last weekend due to injury to Ezekiel Elliott, the Dallas Cowboys will play the visiting Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, a source told ESPN.
Elliott has been classified as questionable after completing three limited workouts this week, but said he felt on track to compete after doing some work in team exercises during training on Wednesday. Elliott suffered a calf injury in the Cowboys’ loss to the Baltimore Ravens, but was able to play the Cincinnati Bengals five days later on December 13.
He was ready to play the San Francisco 49ers last weekend until he felt his calf “pull” on him in the final practice session. He went through a shortened pre-game warm-up last Sunday and it was found that it would be best if he sat.
Tony Pollard replaced Elliott with 69 yards of rushing and 1 and 40 yard touchdown runs against the Niners. Pollard also led the Cowboys with six catches for 63 yards in their 41-33 win.
Elliott is well on his way to landing less than 1,000 yards for the first time after playing a full season. He ended at 983 yards in 2017 when he missed six games due to suspension. It took him 168 yards in the last two games to reach 1,000 yards, but this season has been a struggle. He averages just 3.9 yards per carry, has lost a career high of five fumble and only has one 100 yard rushing game.
Despite the 5-9 record, the cowboys have a chance of making the playoffs. They must win their last two games against the Eagles and New York Giants and the Washington Football team must lose their last two games against the Carolina Panthers and Eagles.