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Jay Glazer thinks Ezekiel Elliott will be with Cowboys in Week 1

We’re only a little more than a week away from when the Dallas Cowboys have to play their first regular season game, and there hasn’t been much progress with Ezekiel Elliott so far.

In fact, things have seemed to be heading in the wrong direction recently, after owner Jerry Jones offended his star running back by jokingly saying “Zeke who?” when asked about him. All that being said, the Cowboys are still apparently confident that they’ll have Elliott back in the fold soon, according to Jay Glazer of The Athletic.

“Behind the scenes, Dallas has still contended all along with that they believe he will be there for Week One against the Giants,” Glazer writes.

Glazer concurs with that assessment.

“I think he will. I think they’ll end up getting a deal done that will make him the highest-paid running back in the NFL. I think he’ll be in there for that first game but you never know what turns negotiations take by the day.”

Glazer is usually pretty plugged in, so this definitely isn’t coming out of nowhere. Both sides have been holding firm, as Elliott has made it clear he won’t play without a new deal while the Cowboys haven’t budged from wanting to pay him less than what the Rams gave Todd Gurley.

Judging from his comments, Glazer seems to think it’ll be the Cowboys who cave and agree to pay him more than Gurley. The Jones’ are quite stubborn however, so that certainly isn’t a given.

If Elliott does miss any regular season time, it’ll be Tony Pollard filling in. Pollard has been impressive during the preseason, leading many to believe Dallas’ front office is emboldened by his strong play and will use it as leverage in negotiations. Either way, the clock is ticking.