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RB Shuffle: Tony Pollard Misses Practice, Ito Smith Signed, Zeke Will Play

The may have an advantage at nearly every position group against the Washington Football Team this Sunday, but the reigning East winners are far from the team they want to see if this is the week they hope to fix the . After not resting against the Saints, the Cowboys are hopeful the mini-bye with ten days of rest before Washington will be enough for a player that told the media he'll “have to be dragged off the field”. Wednesday's practice may have assured this, as Elliott's backup did not participate. With only Corey Clement on the roster behind this duo, the team signed RB Ito Smith to the yesterday.

Smith was a 2018 fourth round pick of the , playing three seasons there and totaling 689 yards on 175 carries. The 90 carries he saw as a rookie remains his career high, as Smith hasn't appeared in a game since last season. He was waived after short stints with the Cardinals and Vikings this .

The Cowboys have found a role for Clement, a similar type of back to Smith with his ability to both run and catch passes out of the backfield. While Coach Fassell gets the most out of Clement, the Cowboys made an easy decision to solidify their RB depth by Smith – who played just 35 ST snaps in three seasons as a Falcon.

Pollard's foot injury isn't considered serious, but the Cowboys commitment to reigniting their running game is. The move to sign Smith as a third option with two backs that can more than handle a full game's workload when healthy proves this. Just how healthy Ezekiel Elliott is may never be known, as the Cowboys starter refuses to come off the field. Unless Pollard' injury takes an unexpected turn, it's not likely the Cowboys missed their potential window to take Elliott off the field, as he could be available Sunday and back to full strength by .

The has been the Cowboys division to lose for weeks now, and that won't change as they end the regular season with four divisional games left to play. With a win Sunday, they can change their focus slightly towards the bigger goal of the postseason. If this means finally forcing Elliott to cut back on snaps, Tony Pollard and possibly Ito Smith will have to be ready.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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What exactly is wrong with EE’s knee, and what is the severity of this injury? He went from looking rejuvenated in the beginning of the year, to something much less. CC is no slough, and ITO is a pretty good insurance pick up. Hopefully TP is fine.

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VAM – The only description I’ve been able to find of it is that it’s a bone bruise.

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