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Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott’s fines reach $500K, accrued season lost as holdout continues

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott faced a soft deadline to report to training camp on August 6. It seems his failure to appear is going to cost.

According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, the fines and stipulations in his contract will continue to mount up until he decides to make an appearance:

Key in a Zeke holdout: Cowboys know he needs to report to camp by Aug. 6 to get an accrued 4th season toward unrestricted free agency. If he reports after that date, he can’t hold out of 2020 training camp and still hit unrestricted FA market.

There is still a chance for Elliott to accrue the 2019 NFL season so long as he shows up for the second half of the year. Regardless, all signs point to him sitting out until he and the Cowboys are able to come to terms on a new agreement, however, team owner and general manager Jerry Jones indicated that he is in no rush since Elliott still has two years remaining on his rookie deal.

The two-time rushing champion appears to be taking a similar approach to Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald when he also held out for a new contract after his third year which spilled over into the 2017 NFL season opener.

He returned and was ultimately made the highest-paid defensive player in the league at the time prior to the 2018 campaign.

It is safe to say that Elliott is hoping to achieve the same desired result, regardless of what this could mean for his plans to hold out next year.