While the Dallas Cowboys offensive stars have been decimated by injuries, running back Ezekiel Elliott has remained in the lineup each week.
This streak came into question on Wednesday, however, when it was revealed that Elliott was dealing with a calf injury, limiting him in practice.
“I don’t remember exactly where I hurt it…It’s more of a contusion than a muscle strain. It’s like a big bruise” Ezekiel Elliott told the media.
Elliott has been hobbled a couple of times this season, nearly missing a start against the Pittsburgh Steelers due to a hamstring strain. But Elliott battled through, and he expects to do so again. Zeke told the media on Thursday that while he’s sore and banged up, he acknowledges that “everyone” is by week 13.
Elliott plans to play against the Bengals this Sunday, fighting through this calf injury.
Ezekiel Elliott’s raw production has taken a real dip this season. Once averaging over 95 yards a game for three straight seasons, Elliott has failed to eclipse 60 yards rushing six times this season alone.
The bigger issue with Elliott has been the fumbles, looking like he’s been trying to carry this injured offense on his back at times. Elliott did look pretty good on Tuesday in Baltimore, rushing for 77 yards on 18 attempts. He actually put up good EPA numbers for much of the night as well, though these were brutalized after three unsuccessful goal line carries.
The Cowboys visit the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday, kicking off at Noon Central Time.