Jerry Jones ‘accepts’ that Ezekiel Elliott will miss games this season
Ezekiel Elliott is running out of time to report to the Dallas Cowboys before the regular season starts, and Jerry Jones seems to believe it’s getting to be too late.
Jones said after the Cowboys’ preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that he accepts Elliott will not be playing for the team in Week 1 and potentially beyond that.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: "Zeke knows full well how valuable he is to our team. But he also knows, because there’s been a lot of games when he didn’t play, that he wants us to win if he’s not playing. And we’ve got to be ready to win if he’s not playing."
— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) August 30, 2019
The Cowboys have gone through training camp and the preseason without Elliott, so they have prepared to play without him. Tony Pollard looks like a legit weapon and will likely see major action as long as Elliott is out.
Elliott is due to make just $3.8 million this year and $9.1 million next year. He’s likely seeking to be paid closer to the level of compensation Todd Gurley received from the Rams.
When will Elliott report to the Cowboys? It’s unclear at this point, but Week 6 seems to be a timeline that might make sense.