The Dallas Cowboys emerged with a crucial victory against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, as they continue to be in the hunt for a playoff spot on the season. The Cowboys scored a 41-33 win over the Niners without their star running back Ezekiel Elliott, who was forced to sit out with a calf injury. With just two more regular season games remaining for Dallas, there is now some doubt as to whether or not Zeke will be able to return this term.

Elliott himself addressed the whispers, as the 25-year-old adamantly expressed how a potential shut down remains out of the question at this point:

“Oh no, I’m not shutting it down,” he said after the game, via Charean Williams of NBC Sports. “We’ll see how it goes, and I’ll see if I can get out there next week.”

Elliott admitted, however, that the calf issue remains to be a problem:

“Honestly, I hadn’t been feeling the best all week, but on game days I’ve been able to go normally,” Elliott said. “At first, I was feeling good. But yesterday I felt a tug. And that’s something I can’t really play with. I can play with pain and soreness, but with a tug, I can’t be as explosive as I need to be.”

The All-Pro RB is now in a race for fitness, with the Cowboys set to return to action in a weeks' time against the Philadelphia Eagles. Needless to say, Dallas will continue to hold out hope that they get Zeke back as soon as possible.