Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones isn’t happy that running back Ezekiel Elliott is yet again suspended for six games. The latest ruling put his suspension back into force for now, though Elliott still has options to see if he can get it overturned.
“Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said the team will continue to support Ezekiel Elliott,” reported ESPN’s Todd Archer. “He said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas he does not believe Elliott was treated fairly by the league and called the court decision Thursday a ‘setback.’ On the field Jones said ‘we are ready if in fact Zeke can’t play,’ with Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden and Rod Smith.”
The one upside here for the Cowboys is that they have a bye this week, so they don’t need Elliott on Sunday. They have until Sunday, Oct. 22, when they play the San Fransisco 49ers.
They’re not in the worst position imaginable if they have to start McFadden. He ran for more than 1,000 yards as recently as 2015. No, he’s not Elliott and doesn’t have the same explosiveness. He’s also not going to command the respect of opposing defenses in the same way.
But he can put together a string of solid games, alternating with Morris, and give the Cowboys a balanced offense. Remember, Morris was once the NFL’s young rookie star, with stats in 2012 that almost mirror Elliott’s from 2016.
That said, the Cowboys have to win and they have to win now. The team is 2-3. They have as many losses in 2017 as they had all of last season, and the rival Philadelphia Eagles just soared to 5-1 with a win over the Carolina Panthers. If Elliott’s six-game suspension does stand, they’ll be hard pressed to stay in the hunt until he gets back.
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