Mike McCarthy “concerned” about Ezekiel Elliott’s health

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Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been a regular on the injury report because of his knee in recent weeks, but it hasn’t stopped him from being in the lineup for any of the team’s games.

His production in those games has not been all that great, however. Elliott had nine carries for 25 yards and six catches for 24 yards in Thursday’s 36-33 loss to the Raiders and he has averaged just over three yards per carry over the last three weeks.

On Friday, Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said that Elliott’s health is on his mind as the team moves toward next Thursday’s game against the Saints.

“I am concerned. He’s a warrior and was fighting to get back there in every time. Zeke’s running style is ferocious. We need to evaluate,” McCarthy said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Tony Pollard gives the Cowboys a capable option in the backfield if they want to cut back on Elliott’s workload or sit him in hopes he gets closer to 100 percent, but it remains to be seen if their evaluation will lead to either of those decisions.

6 responses to “Mike McCarthy “concerned” about Ezekiel Elliott’s health

  1. So explain to me why it was important for Zeke to come in at the 1/2 yard line to vulture a Tony Pollard TD after he ran it the entire drive? I’m pretty sure Pollard could’ve gotten a few inches and frankly deserved it.

    Pollard has been the better of the 2 backs all year, even before Zeke’s latest injury. It just feels like the coaching staff is hell bent on propping up Zeke because of his salary.

  2. Hey Mikey I have a suggestion, shelve Elliot and get him healthy for the playoffs, you have a more than capable Pollard ready to fill in

  3. McCarthey made a lot of moves with his backs that we’re head scratching. 2013 playoff against the Niners, Eddie was tearing them up. Late in the game, first and goal, he takes Eddie out. They settle for a FG that ties the game up. Niners come down and kick a fFG at the gun to win. Aaron Jones stat sheet was constantly 10 carries, 60 yards. The list goes on…

    Regarding Elliot, he’s probably getting close to 1500 carries. Which , other than very few exception, is the high end of a NFL back shelf life. Only so much tread on the tire….

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