The Dallas Cowboys will enter their Thursday night clash against the Tennessee Titans without one of their best offensive players. Running back Tony Pollard will not play in the Cowboys' Week 17 contest due to a thigh injury after being listed as questionable, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
Pelissero had said Thursday morning that things were headed this direction, saying the Cowboys would “err on the side of caution” in terms of Pollard's physical well-being.
“If it's close, Pollard will not be out there,” Pelissero said earlier Thursday. “We'll see exactly what happens in pregame warmups, but it certainly sounds like it could be a lot of Ezekiel Elliott in this one for Dallas.”
#Titans star RB Derrick Henry (hip) isn’t expected to play tonight, and the status of #Cowboys RB Tony Pollard (thigh) is very much in doubt, too. Hassan Haskins vs. Ezekiel Elliott on TNF to kick off fantasy football championship week? @gmfb @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/duNSWmnRaX
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 29, 2022
Tony Pollard suffered the aforementioned thigh injury in Week 16 against the Philadelphia Eagles, putting an unfortunate damper on what has been a breakout campaign for the fourth-year pro out of Memphis. In 15 games (only four starts), Pollard has tallied career bests in rushing attempts, total yards, and touchdowns, culminating in a Pro Bowl selection amid the Cowboys' strong season.
Nevertheless, it's not as if the Cowboys are lacking for options in the rushing department. Ezekiel Elliott is no slouch, with rookie Malik Davis providing depth. However, Pollard brings another dynamic dimension to the Cowboys' offense. Thanks in no small part to Pollard's stellar play, the Cowboys rank second in the entire league in rushing touchdowns, behind only the elite Philadelphia Eagles.
Still, with the playoffs looming, it's no surprise that the Cowboys are playing it safe.