Mike McCarthy: Ezekiel Elliott is doing better than we anticipated, has a chance of playing

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Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been missing practice this week with a knee injury, but coach Mike McCarthy says Elliott is getting better rapidly and might play Sunday against the Bears.

“He’s doing a lot better than we anticipated early in the week. If he practices tomorrow, then he’d have a chance of playing,” McCarthy said.

Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones suggested, however, that the Cowboys would be better off sitting Elliott this week, letting him heal up through next week’s bye, and then bringing him back November 13 at Green Bay.

“It had everything to do with how we’re doing this this weekend with this bye coming up. I’m not so sure we would’ve done it this way had we not had the bye,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News.

So McCarthy and Jones may not be on the same page at the moment. The Cowboys’ official injury report will come out later today.

8 responses to “Mike McCarthy: Ezekiel Elliott is doing better than we anticipated, has a chance of playing

  1. Why not rest him and let Pollard carry the load this week with another backup, the bye is next week, that would give him two weeks to recover, why put him through what they did to him last year, you would think they would have gained a bit of wisdom

  2. Dr Jones instructed McCarthy the puppet to say that.

    Why not let Elliott rest and get another extra week after that. Pollard is playing fine.

  3. I don’t know why the Cowboys have not entertained the idea of using Elliott at fullback at this point. By far his best attribute now is his blocking whereas Pollard is the superior runner.

  4. Incoming 2.5 yards per carry. Seriously just rest and come out of the bye healthy before this turns into a repeat of last season

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