The Cowboys turned to Alfred Morris at running back down the stretch in Sunday’s victory, but it wasn’t just to get the former member of the Redskins a chance at a touchdown that would beat his old team.
Morris was the only back on the field in the final 6:56 of the game, a run that started after rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott fumbled for the second time in the game. Right tackle Doug Free recovered that one, but the Cowboys lost the ball the first time Elliott put it on the ground.
Elliott’s fumbles came after he’d gained 83 yards on 21 carries. That marked a better day for Elliott, who also scored a touchdown, than he had in the season opener, although that wasn’t his focus when the game was over.
“It really doesn’t matter what I did,” Elliott said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I had those two fumbles, and that’s what was important.”
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that the Cowboys weren’t concerned that fumbles will be an ongoing issue for Elliott, who fumbled four times on 650 college touches. Morris will be on hand should those feelings change as the year unfolds.