Zeke is about to feast again. After missing a couple of games due to injury, Ezekiel Elliott will be returning to the Dallas Cowboys against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11, according to Ian Rapoport's report. Rapaport says he's “light years ahead of last week.”
However, Tom Pelissero says the plan is to ease Zeke back in, which means Tony Pollard will still get plenty of work:
#Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott returns today against the #Vikings, but I’m told the plan is for Tony Pollard to get more touches as they ease Zeke back in, with a brace on his injured knee. @NFLGameDay @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/ZcI8xRfE9O
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 20, 2022
Ezekiel Elliot has missed the last two games of the Cowboys due to a nagging knee injury. The team went 1-1 in the games without Zeke, winning against the Chicago Bears but losing to the Green Bay Packers. Elliott will bring additional firepower to a backfield that already has a stud in Pollard.
The Cowboys have a stellar 6-3 record this season. However, the competitive nature of the NFC East this seasons has unfortunately put them in third place in the division. Dallas can (and probably will) make it to the playoffs via the Wild Card spot. However, nabbing the top seed of the division would make their lives easier.
Dallas is now in Minnesota for a matchup against a surprising powerhouse in the Vikings. Winning a game here would not only boost their bid for the top seed, but also legitimize themselves against a top team this year. Ezekiel Elliott's return should help them out more, but based on how their opponent is playing, this will be a tall task for this team. Can they pull off this win?