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Monday, December 11, 2017

Michael Irvin to confront LaDainian Tomlinson for saying Ezekiel Elliott ‘quit’

Ezekiel Elliott

Even Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett have admitted that Ezekiel Elliott did not put forth his best effort in Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos, but Michael Irvin feels that calling Elliott a quitter is taking things too far.

In an interview on WFAN Wednesday, Irvin said that the “dirtiest” thing you can label an NFL player is a quitter. The Cowboys legend works with LaDainian Tomlinson at the NFL Network, and he is planning to confront his fellow Hall of Famer during this week’s edition of Thursday Night Football after Tomlinson ripped Elliott.

“It’s a different subject in this game, in this sport, because of the commitment that each man makes to all 53 guys that’s on that football field, that’s required to play this game,” Irvin said, via Clarence Hill of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram. “It’s the dirtiest word, guys.”

Irvin enthusiastically defended Elliott on Twitter earlier this week.

Tomlinson publicly questioned Elliott’s lack of effort on a play where Dak Prescott threw an interception, and he also accused the 22-year-old of sulking on the bench. You can read Tomlinson’s full rant about Elliott here.

Irvin is entitled to his own opinion, but it’s going to be tough for him to win any argument against Tomlinson after Elliott’s own coach called him out. Perhaps saying Elliott “quit” is a bit too strong, but he certainly could have tried a lot harder.

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