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REPORT: Ezekiel Elliott Not Expected to Play Against Steelers

If being down to at wasn't bad enough, the are now expecting to be without for tomorrow's matchup with the . Elliott has been battling a hamstring issue and is reportedly not likely to play in Week 9.

The Cowboys will use 2nd-year RB as their starter tomorrow and rookie will be the backup. Dallas has called up RB/FB from the to complete the .

Remarkably, this would be the first time that Zeke has missed a game due to an . He sat out of one game in each of the 2016 and 2018 seasons, both the finales as the Cowboys rested up for the . He missed six games in 2017 for his infamous .

Despite his stardom, Elliott's absence tomorrow may not hurt the Cowboys nearly much as some others. Pollard has shown he can be an effective player in the offense, though has never had a consistent diet of touches to establish himself as an offensive weapon.

And frankly, the Steelers is going to make life hard for whoever plays. They are currently 3rd-overall in yards allowed and 5th against the run.

The Cowboys do get their following this game so Elliott should be back for Week 11. But for those who wanted to see Tony Pollard get a chance at the spotlight, you finally get an opportunity.

Unfortunately, given the competition and the situation at QB, any Cowboy finding success tomorrow may be too much to ask.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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