Ezekiel Elliott didn’t start for first time in his career due to minor disciplinary issue

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Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott had played 97 games before Sunday. He had started all 97.

In Elliott’s 98th game, it was Tony Pollard who was on the field with the first-team offense to start the game against the Colts.

Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy downplayed it as “I think those guys are an outstanding one-two punch.”

But owner Jerry Jones said Elliott was benched at the start of the game for a minor disciplinary issue.

“There was a little issue he had with his coach and some discipline issues — being tardy for a meeting or a phone going off or something serious, relative to Zeke, but I won’t get into that, but I’m not giving out that punishment,” Jones said. “I’d be a lot more lenient than that.”

Jones later reiterated that it was a minor transgression.

“That was not a demotion as to [not being] the first one on the field,” Jones said. “That had more to do with your phone going off at the wrong time, those types of things. Nothing of consequence. Be sure and mention that. No behavior issues.”

Elliott did not have to wait long for his opportunity, and he ended up with more carries than Pollard.

Elliott had 17 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown, while Pollard had 12 carries for 91 yards and two touchdowns. Elliott’s touchdown as the 76th of his career, moving him past Dez Bryant (75) and tying Bob Hayes (76) for third-most all time in team history.

Elliott, who spoke at the same time as Jones, was not asked about not starting.

“We wanted to change it up,” quarterback Dak Prescott said. “And he said going in there second, those guys weren’t as fresh, and he was able to bully up on them a little bit more than usual. At this point, I don’t think it matters who goes in there on the first play of the game. I mean especially now that you’ve said that, whatever streak that is, it’s out the window and doesn’t matter. Those two guys have zero ego. They’re each other’s biggest supporters and biggest fans. They’re a special duo.”

8 responses to “Ezekiel Elliott didn’t start for first time in his career due to minor disciplinary issue

  1. Elliott knows his career is winding down with the Cowboys. I think he goes to KC next year …

  2. Gotta love Jerry Jones man. If he were a drink, it would be straight liquor, no ice, no chaser.

  3. Idk what happend with zeke dont get me wrong he can still play but his first couple seasons he was elite not anymore. He’s not producing with pollard behind him the way nick chubb produces with Kareem hunt behind him not even close

  4. Why does running out to be part of the huddle on the first play of the first offensive series such a big deal to the sports media & broadcasters? You can sub in and out the entire game, but if you’re not part of the first offensive huddle, your career in that particular city is over? It’s such nonsense. Big deal out of nothing.

  5. purpleguy says:
    December 5, 2022 at 2:32 pm
    Some leadership there Zeke

    No drama necessary. Once again, for those with comprehension issues: “Nothing of consequence. Be sure and mention that. No behavior issues.”

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