Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (10)
Sun 11/22/20 9:12 PM

Elliott carried the ball 21 times for 103 yards and caught both his targets for 11 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-28 win over the Vikings.

EDGE Analysis

While he lost the statistical battle with Dalvin Cook, Elliott and the Cowboys won the war, and the Dallas back produced his first 100-yard rushing performance of the season. With Andy Dalton back at the helm, the team's offense as a whole looked a little more like the unit that was so potent early in the year under Dak Prescott, and Elliott will take some much-needed momentum into a Thanksgiving clash with Washington.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (10)
Wed 11/18/20 4:46 PM

Elliott (hamstring) practiced in full Wednesday, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Prior to the session, Elliott worked out with a trainer before joining his teammates, according to Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News, the first sign his hamstring still was bothering him. Afterward, he told Gehlken that his hamstring is "a little stiff" and "something that I'm working on every day." Having said that, Elliott handled every practice rep Wednesday, indicating he intends to gut out the issue.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (10)
Wed 11/18/20 2:51 PM

Elliott's hamstring feels better after a bye week, but he did acknowledge Wednesday that it's still a little tight, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports. "It's a little stiff," Elliott said. "It's something that I'm working on every day."

EDGE Analysis

Elliott was listed as questionable for the Week 9 loss to Pittsburgh, ultimately suiting up and taking 20 touches for 69 yards while playing 65 percent of offensive snaps. That's obviously a sizable workload, but it was also the first time all season where Elliott played less than three-quarters of the snaps in a game that wasn't a blowout. While he may not be 100 percent healthy, Elliott seemingly expects to play in Sunday's game at Minnesota. It remains to be seen if/how the Cowboys list him on their Week 11 injury report.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (10)
Sun 11/8/20 11:48 PM

Elliott carried the ball 18 times for 51 yards and caught two of three targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 24-19 loss to the Steelers.

EDGE Analysis

The running back was a game-time decision due to a minor hamstring strain, but Elliott was deemed good to go after pregame warmups and wound up seeing 20 or more touches for the eighth time in nine games this season. He wasn't particularly productive, however, failing to find the end zone for the fourth straight contest -- in fact, Elliott hasn't scored since Dak Prescott (ankle) was lost for the year. He'll get a week to rest and heal up during the Cowboys' bye before facing the Vikings in Week 11.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (10)
Sun 11/8/20 3:11 PM

Elliott (hamstring) is listed as active Sunday versus the Steelers, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Elliott's availability for Week 9 has wavered since the Cowboys deemed him questionable for this contest due to a sore hamstring, but a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network from early Sunday had the running back trending upward again after he put in a "good" workout Saturday. After doing the same during a pregame warmup Sunday, Elliott is available but may have more of a split of the backfield work than normal with his primary backup Tony Pollard, according to Todd Archer of ESPN.com. Plus, a tough matchup against Pittsburgh's fifth-ranked run defense (96.9 yards per game) makes Elliott difficult to trust at less than 100 percent.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (10)
Sun 11/8/20 4:13 AM

Elliott (hamstring) remains questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers, but he has a "good chance to play" after turning in a quality workout Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Cowboys elevated fullback Sewo Olonilua from the practice squad Saturday, which some took as a sign that Elliott may not be able to play Week 9. This report provides some more optimism about Elliott's status, but he'll still be tested out again early Sunday before the Cowboys decide on his status. Considering the struggling Cowboys are facing a tough defense and won't play until 4:25 p.m. ET, fantasy managers might have more reservations than usual about using Elliott, but he should be in line for his usual double-digit touches if he's ultimately active. In the event Elliott doesn't respond well to his pregame workout and sits out Sunday, Tony Pollard would handle the bulk of the snaps out of the Dallas backfield.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (10)
Sat 11/7/20 1:58 PM

Elliott (hamstring), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers, could be trending in the wrong direction after the Cowboys elevated fullback Sewo Olonilua from the practice squad, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's never a great sign when a team opts to call up additional depth at a position affected by injuries, but it's difficult to really read too much into this situation since Olonilua is traditionally considered a fullback and thus would only see snaps at running back if a series of unfortunate situations would decimate the team's depth behind Elliott. Complicating matters further is the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, though coach Mike McCarthy seemed to indicate Elliott's status will likely be decided prior to that during a Sunday morning workout. If Elliott were to be ruled out, expect Tony Pollard to take over the bulk of the work for an offense expected to be led by journeyman quarterback Garrett Gilbert against a difficult Steelers defense.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (10)
Fri 11/6/20 4:55 PM

The Cowboys list Elliott (hamstring) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Elliott wasn't able to practice fully at any point this week while managing the hamstring injury, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said earlier Friday that he expects the star running back to be available by the time Sunday rolls around, according to Jon Machota of The Athletic. Per Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News, Elliott will be put through a workout Sunday morning before the Cowboys formally decide whether he's in or out, so fantasy managers could have a good feel for his status before the first wave of games even though the Dallas-Pittsburgh contest won't kick off until 4:25 p.m. ET. If the Cowboys elect to rule Elliott out or limit his snaps out of an abundance of caution, Tony Pollard would stand to get more work out of the backfield.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (10)
Fri 11/6/20 11:52 AM

Elliott (hamstring) was more limited than expected at practice Thursday, but coach Mike McCarthy said the running back was feeling better Friday, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

The extent of Elliott's participation in Friday's practice won't be known until the Cowboys issue their final Week 9 injury report later in the day, but he appears likely to be listed as limited once again. McCarthy also said Elliott will go through pregame work Sunday to determine his final availability for the Cowboys' matchup with the Steelers, so the 25-year-old looks set to carry a questionable tag into the matchup. Tony Pollard could have an increased role in the Cowboys' game plan if Elliott is held out or limited Sunday.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (10)
Thu 11/5/20 11:35 AM

Head coach Mike McCarthy said Elliott (hamstring) would be limited in Thursday's practice, but the Cowboys expect the running back to be available for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Cowboys are managing Elliott's reps for the second day in a row, but based on the comments from his coach, the hamstring issue doesn't seem to be anything serious. Instead, Elliott's poor team context is his biggest obstacle these days, as a banged-up offensive line and shaky quarterback play have contributed to him averaging less than four yards per carry and drawing just four total targets over the past two games. Even though Elliott is expected to be ready to handle a normal workload this weekend, a bounce-back performance may not be in the cards versus Pittsburgh's fifth-ranked run defense.