Cowboys unhappy with placement of pylon camera that Ezekiel Elliott fell on

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In a strange incident on Sunday, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott briefly appeared to injure his back when he landed awkwardly on a pylon on the sideline that had a camera in it for use on the FOX broadcast. Elliott stayed in the game and looked fine, but the Cowboys are not happy about it.

Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said today that Elliott’s back is still sore from where he landed on the pylon, and that the team will contact the league about the player safety concerns that arise with an object so close to the field of play.

For his part, Elliott said after the game that the pylon is a lot harder than it looks.

“Yeah, I fell on the pylon. That thing is kind of hard. Maybe they should find a new spot for it,” he said, via USA Today. “It’s hard. The bottom – the base of it – is hard, too. No, it’s definitely not soft. . . . Yeah, it definitely hurt. Normally, I get up and at least get off the field. But right there, I had to chill out a little bit. It kind of just stabbed me. Lost my wind.”

Objects on the sideline can be dangerous to players. Among several injuries caused by objects on the sideline, Chiefs All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles suffered a torn ACL when stepping on a down marker in 2011. The Cowboys are right to be unhappy.

9 responses to “Cowboys unhappy with placement of pylon camera that Ezekiel Elliott fell on

  1. Pylon markers used to be soft foam. That one looked like rigid. TV networks can just use other cameras instead of adding another risk for players.

  2. They can’t move the pylon because that’s what determines a touchdown. An alternative would be an electric eye that can determine if the ball passed through or within it.

  3. ….
    maven says:
    October 11, 2021 at 4:56 pm
    Those cameras are what pay their salaries.
    …..
    And I thought they had other cameras besides the pylon.

  4. Zeke is something of an Ironman.
    I am unsure if he has ever missed a game due to injury.
    I have never seen him stay down like he did after contact with that pylon.

  5. Amazing week of football! The first ever double punt and the first ever player injured by a pylon!

  6. Is it just me, or are the pylon cameras kind of useless IMO. It just gives you one close angle of the ball but in context it’s not that valuable, you still can’t see past the limited angle of the lens, can’t tell how far the ball is over, or if the player is out of bounds, or whatever. But it seems like a gimmick I don’t see how it’s any more useful in judging a TD than the normal sideline view of the pylon/goal line.

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