Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (9)
Thu 6/16/22 6:00 PM

Elliott has no injury concerns ahead of training camp, Clarence Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
EDGE Analysis
"I think the biggest thing with Zeke is he's completely healthy now and he's had a tremendous offseason," Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday. "The weight that he has been pushing in the weight room, just the numbers that he's been cranking out have been very, very impressive. I can't tell you it's been the best of his career, but he's in top shape. So, I think he's definitely set himself up for [a strong season]." Elliott played last season with a torn ligament in his knee but still ran for 1,002 rushing yards and 10 TDs, and if he's 100 percent in 2022 it should only improve his performance. The 26-year-old is closing in on 2,000 touches for his career, however, so while being in great shape during the offseason is preferable to the alternative, there's no guarantee he'll stay that way through a 17-game schedule.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (9)
Fri 5/13/22 4:00 PM

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that Elliot (knee) "looks great" during Dallas' offseason workouts, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.
EDGE Analysis
Elliot played through a partially torn PCL during the 2021 campaign, but he's expected to be fully healthy by training camp. McCarthy added that the veteran running back was clocked at 22 MPH during a workout Tuesday, but the team hasn't been doing any contact drills. After struggling the last two years, a healthy offseason could bode well for a potential bounce-back season from Elliott in 2022.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (9)
Sun 1/16/22 8:38 PM

Elliott said after Sunday's 23-17 wild-card loss to the 49ers that he played through a partially torn PCL during the 2021 season, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
After doing just enough in Week 18 to surpass 1,000 rushing yards for the fourth time in six pro campaigns, Elliott didn't fare as well in Dallas' sole playoff game, eking out 31 yards on 12 carries and gathering in one of four targets for no yards. Game script played a role in his lack of touches, as the Cowboys were in catch-up mode for much of the contest, forcing Dak Prescott to go to the air 44 times. Afterward, Elliott provided an update on his health, which was reflected on injury reports for much of the season, first in Week 5 and then again Weeks 10-18. However, he didn't miss a game and doesn't expect to require surgery on his knee. Knowing that, Elliott should be back to full health by the start of the offseason program.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (9)
Sat 1/8/22 11:22 PM

Elliott rushed 18 times for 87 yards and caught one of three targets for three yards in Saturday's 51-26 win over the Eagles.
EDGE Analysis
Elliott garnered his most carries since Week 5, as running mate Tony Pollard was unavailable due to a foot injury. With his increased workload, Elliott also racked up his most rushing yardage since Week 5, with Saturday actually being the first time he's topped 70 yards on the ground since then as well. Although he didn't find the end zone in Dallas' blowout win and wasn't very involved in the passing game, Elliott's performance still saw him surpass 1,000 rushing yards on the campaign, sending him into the playoffs fresh off a notable personal accomplishment.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (9)
Sat 1/8/22 4:40 PM

Elliott may have a smaller workload than normal Saturday at Philadelphia, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
EDGE Analysis
With Tony Pollard (foot) not traveling with the Cowboys for this Week 18 NFC East matchup, Elliott was the name running back to make the trip. However, the team elevated JaQuan Hardy and Ito Smith from the practice squad Saturday, indicating Elliott may take a step back or not have a role at all in the regular-season finale. If the preceding comes to pass, Corey Clement could lead Dallas' backfield, with Hardy and Smith available for any reps that linger.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (9)
Mon 1/3/22 12:07 AM

Elliott carried the ball nine times for 16 yards and caught one of two targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 25-22 loss to the Cardinals.
EDGE Analysis
The Cowboys' ground game was stuffed all day by the Cards, as Dak Prescott wound up leading Dallas in rushing with only 20 yards. Unlike Tony Pollard, who racked up 49 receiving yards, Elliott couldn't get anything going through the air either. The poor performance leaves him 85 rushing yards short of his fourth career season with 1,000, and given that Dallas won't have much to play for in Week 18 against Philadelphia, Elliott may not get many touches to go after the milestone.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (9)
Mon 12/27/21 12:20 AM

Elliott rushed nine times for 37 yards and a touchdown and caught his lone target for five yards and another score in Sunday's 56-14 win over Washington.
EDGE Analysis
Elliott got the Cowboys on the board on the team's first drive of the game, and he chipped in another score in the first half before basically taking the second half off in a crooked matchup. The 26-year-old has seen his production dip in the second half of the season while battling injuries and losing some touches to Tony Pollard. Luckily for the tailback's fantasy managers, he has maintained value as a starter in standard formats by scoring four touchdowns over the last five weeks. Elliott and the rest of the Dallas offense should be plenty rested against the Cardinals next Sunday after cruising to the easy win in Week 16.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (9)
Sun 12/19/21 4:41 PM

Elliott rushed 16 times for 52 yards and a touchdown and brought in three of four targets for 20 yards in the Cowboys' 21-6 win over the Giants on Sunday.
EDGE Analysis
Elliott's 13-yard scoring scamper in the first quarter served as the first points of the afternoon and qualified as his first trip to the end zone since Week 12 against the Raiders. The multi-time Pro Bowler still couldn't break the 60-yard mark on the ground, however, a feat he surprisingly hasn't accomplished since Week 6 against the Patriots. Elliott's next opportunity to boost his yardage level back up comes in a tough matchup against a stingy Washington run defense in Week 16.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (9)
Sun 12/12/21 4:52 PM

Elliott ran for 45 yards on 12 carries and caught one pass for 15 yards on six targets against Washington on Sunday.
EDGE Analysis
Elliott played with a knee brace in this game, which ESPN reporter Todd Archer suspected was a first for the running back this season despite the fact he's been managing discomfort for several weeks. While his willingness to play hurt is admirable, it increasingly appears that his lingering knee issue has meaningfully hindered Elliott's effectiveness. The Cowboys limited the hits on Elliott by giving Corey Clement 13 carries Sunday, which hopefully will give the former the chance to progress in his recovery and capitalize on an otherwise favorable Week 15 matchup against the Giants.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (9)
Sun 12/12/21 12:14 PM

Elliott may be in store for an elevated role on offense Sunday against Washington with top backup Tony Pollard (foot) inactive for the contest, Jori Epstein of USA Today reports.
EDGE Analysis
Elliott is already entrenched as Dallas' starting running back, but he hasn't played more than 70 percent of the offensive snaps in any of the Cowboys' last five contests while averaging 15.0 touches per game over that stretch. Dallas has been deliberately managing Elliott's reps while he continues to deal with a lingering bone bruise in his right knee, allowing Pollard to take on an expanded change-of-pace role in recent weeks. However, with Pollard having suffered a torn plantar fascia in his left foot in last week's win over the Saints, he'll be sidelined for at least one game, paving the way for Elliott to potentially take on a more expanded role. Neither of the healthy depth options behind Elliott -- Corey Clement and practice squad call-up JaQuan Hardy -- have had much involvement on offense this season, so the Cowboys seem unlikely to tab either player to directly inherit Pollard's role. If the Cowboys are still eager to manage Elliott's reps, it's possible that head coach Mike McCarthy may opt for a more pass-heavy game plan featuring more four-receiver or two-tight end sets.