Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott says he’ll ‘probably play’ in team’s third preseason
The Dallas Cowboys have three preseason games left after falling to the San Francisco 49ers this past Thursday. Seven players on the Cowboys roster recorded at least one carry during the preseason opener and not one of them was named Ezekiel Elliott.
Apparently, this won’t be the last time Elliott will be sitting out during the preseason. Elliott recently revealed that he’ll be watching from the sidelines for the majority of the next three games, according to Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News.
Ezekiel Elliott on playing in preseason: I think we have a pretty good plan. That's up to the coaches mostly. I think this year will be a lot like last year, I'll play a little bit in that 3rd game, probably play the 1st series. …It's football, there are going to be injuries.
— Kate Hairopoulos (@khairopoulos) August 12, 2018
Bo Scarbrough, Rod Smith, and Darius Jackson got the bulk of the carries against the 49ers. Scarbrough led the way for the Cowboys with nine for 33 yards and a touchdown while Smith finished with 32 yards on eight carries followed by Jackson with six carries for 21 yards.
With Elliott being a crucial part of the Cowboys offense, resting the star running back for most of these preseason games is probably the smart move for Jason Garrett and company. The third game of the preseason is usually when the starters get the most playing time even if it is for only a few series.
Even though Elliott sat out of the first preseason game, Dak Prescott saw some time on the gridiron. The starting quarterback did play in the preseason opener but saw limited time under center. Prescott completed all three passes he threw finishing with 39 yards and a touchdown. The Mississippi State product connected with receiver Michael Gallup on a 30-yard strike which was one of only two touchdown passes thrown by the Cowboys. Cooper Rush threw other to Lance Lenoir.