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.