Jason Garrett on Ezekiel Elliott: He seems focused, locked in

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Ezekiel Elliott will play Sunday, something the Cowboys have expected and prepared for all along. The question is: How will the star running back play?

“He seems very focused, locked in on meetings, the walk-through,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “. . . He’s done an excellent job in his preparation.”

The timing of Harold Henderson’s appeal decision to uphold Elliott’s six-game suspension necessitated the NFL pushing it back to Week 2. However, Judge Amos L. Mazzaint III is expected to rule Friday on Elliott’s preliminary injunction motion.

Elliott attended a more than two-hour hearing in a Sherman, Texas, courtroom Tuesday in an effort to block the suspension pending outcome of the lawsuit filed by Elliott on Friday.

“He’s able to play in this ball game on Sunday,” Garrett said. “That’s really where our focus is. Nothing really beyond that. That’s what we’ve been planning for all along.”

Elliott missed practice last week while preparing for and attending his three-day appeal hearing in New York. He missed Tuesday’s walk-through, though Garrett said Elliott has done “everything we’ve asked him to do.”

Garrett also insists Elliott is not distracted, using the word “focused” several times in his answers about Elliott.

“I think the biggest thing for all of us is to focus on what we need to do each and every day,” Garrett said. “That’s been a point that we’ve tried to emphasize to our team for a long, long time. Our team understands the importance of that. In order to be your best, you’ve got to focus on yourself and what you need to do in your preparation to play your best football. So that’s really where our focus is. We don’t spend a lot of time on other stuff.”

Elliott did not have his best games in two losses to the Giants last season, totaling 44 carries for 158 yards and a touchdown.

17 responses to “Jason Garrett on Ezekiel Elliott: He seems focused, locked in

  1. I never ever cheer for the Cowboys but I will cheer Sunday. This whole sham has Mara’s stink all over it.

  2. Nothing against the cowboys or Zeke but at some point the cowboys as his direct employer need to take a stand and help teach this kid between right and wrong. All I see is them enabling his behavior. Even if his suspension is overturned he should still sit some games just for the bad PR and to send a message that we have zero tolerance for domestic violence. If a CEO of a company is even associated with domestic violence they’d be let go just from a PR standpoint. Everyone can hate on the commissioner but until these teams can police themselves this situations will continue to occur.

  3. Dallas always get preferential treatment? How much justice can JJ afford?

    Really, so when the Giants punter beat his wife, got arrested, and admitted it, and got his suspension reduced from 6 games to 1 they didn’t get preferential treatment? And Randy Gregory is serving a full season suspension because of preferential treatment? Collect facts, don’t just hate.

  4. 27bills says:
    September 6, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Even if his suspension is overturned he should still sit some games just for the bad PR and to send a message that we have zero tolerance for domestic violence.
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    Good grief. If he gets his suspension overturned, it will be because the league office went too far in their efforts to try and convince the public that they care about domestic violence, despite the fact that their history shows the exact opposite. It’s already been proven that they lied, and suppressed testimony helpful to Elliott.

  5. imsomeguy says:
    September 6, 2017 at 3:55 pm
    Dallas always get preferential treatment? How much justice can JJ afford?

    Really, so when the Giants punter beat his wife, got arrested, and admitted it, and got his suspension reduced from 6 games to 1 they didn’t get preferential treatment? And Randy Gregory is serving a full season suspension because of preferential treatment? Collect facts, don’t just hate.

    One, it was the kicker, not the punter. Two, he was then put on the commissioner’s exempt list, and he hasn’t played football since.

    Those are also facts.

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