Assuming he is fully healthy, Tony Pollard is poised to command the lion's share of touches in the Dallas Cowboys backfield this upcoming season. Coming off of a fractured fibula, Pollard gave a bit of insight on when he is planning to make his Cowboys return.

The running back stated that he is currently ahead of schedule in his rehab, via Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News. Furthermore, Pollard is expecting to be ready for the start of training camp.

His recovery started on the right foot as Pollard was able to participate in OTAs. But early on in the offseason, those practices don't carry much heavy lifting. Pollard's availability at the start and throughout training camp will be crucial for Dallas.

Especially after the Cowboys released Ezekiel Elliot. With Zeke gone, Pollard has a direct route to becoming Dallas' lead running back.

Tony Pollard joined the Cowboys as a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 62 total games, running for 2,616 yards and 17 touchdowns. All the versatile, Pollard has also caught 121 passes for 1,008 yards and five TDs.

Last season, Pollard earned his first Pro Bowl nomination after breaking 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his career. He also set a new career-high in rushing touchdowns with nine.

With Elliot gone, Pollard will have the opportunity to continue his strong momentum from last year. Coming into training camp fully healthy would put him up to speed with the rest of the offense. Stepping into a new role, that'd be a major win for both Pollard and the Cowboys.