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Ezekiel Elliott Chooses Not to Play in Preseason

The preseason approaches us fast. While we can expect to see many familiar Cowboy faces out on the field, Ezekiel Elliott will not be present.

Wednesday in a media junction, Elliott explained why he wouldn’t be playing in the preseason.

“I’ve been playing football for 20 years. This is my seventh year in the NFL. I’ve seen a lot of football,” were the words of Elliott.

“I don’t think I need a preseason game, especially with Dallas’ joint practices with the Broncos and Chargers.”

It would seem like Zeke is more focused on the season ahead than on the “practices” he so calls. What does this mean though? Will it change the drastically? I do believe so, however, it may perhaps even be a good act for the ’ Offense.

In the preseason, teams like to focus on developing different players at different positions. When you have a running back like Ezekiel Elliott with seven years of experience in the league, you may want to start practicing with other players for that position.

Another problem that will be avoided by this decision is Elliott’s health. He will not be in any harm to suffer an during the preseason.

So far so good, when looking at how this will help with the future.

What about the preseason games though? Will this action result in losses for the Cowboys?

Yes, without their star running back it’s going to be challenging to score on offense. A loss in the upcoming preseason is rather likely now. In a game that doesn’t matter though, this seems like the right decision.

Elliott has been very loyal to the Cowboys in his career. I think he understands that sitting out for these meaningless games will be best for the rest of the season. This will give a great opportunity for the second-string running backs to make their debut.

Tony Pollard will likely be the man running next Saturday. This is a great opportunity for him to show off his skills and to see if he will truly be the next big running back for the Cowboys.

No matter what will happen in the preseason, we will be sure to see Zeke return for the regular season soon. A monster can only be held back for a short about of time, Elliott will be running again soon stronger, and faster than ever.

What do you think?

Tony Stahl

Written by Tony Stahl

Hey there! My name is Tony Stahl. I have two passions, writing and football, when you put those two together you have where I am now, Inside the Star! I am 18 and live in Michigan however I am a huge Cowboys fan. Football is my most favorite topic and I could talk your head off all day about it.

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  1. Am I missing something here?? When did the players decide when they will play and when not too? I guess it’s like ole Jerry telling the media that he is comfortable with the receivers we have now and is not looking to add anymore at this time! If the coaches were able to make these decisions we might be a better football team! That’s just my humble opinion!

    • I actually can support that statement. It feels like the lack of coaching is strong with Dallas. The coaches need to take better control of the team as a whole.

  2. Zeke has been loyal to the Cowboys? The RB that threatened a hold out when he still had a couple of years left on his contract in order to secure an outrageous contract for a RB? The RB that tends to take off somewhere to party or workout away from the team? The RB that the team has had to stand behind as Goodell tried to bury him for his own idiocy? Seems to me, the team has shown far more loyalty to Zeke than Zeke has to the team.

    That being said, I do agree with Zeke in this case. There’s no reason for him to be taking abuse in the preseason. He’s got enough mileage on him. Let Malik Davis, Aaron Shampklin, Rico Dowdle, and Ryan Nall take the load while this OL gels and figures out how to block. They may even give Turpin a few touches, either on jet sweeps or maybe even out of the backfield. Maybe they’ll even find a replacement for next season and cut Zeke and his albatross contract if he struggles again.

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