Tony Romo won’t rule out Ezekiel Elliott sitting out Week 1
Ezekiel Elliott has not reported to training camp and has put word out that he will not play in 2019 without a new contract, and one person who has deep ties to the Cowboys believes there is a possibility the star running back won’t return by Week 1.
In an appearance on CBS Sports HQ on Tuesday, Tony Romo said he considers it a “coin flip” whether or not Elliott will report to the Cowboys for the start of the regular season. He added, however, that he expects a contract to get done.
Tony Romo says Ezekiel Elliott signing before Week 1 is "a coin flip" but does believe "it will get done."
— Casey Keirnan (@CaseyKeirnan) August 13, 2019
It’s unclear if Romo was just making a prediction or has inside information, but he obviously still has contacts with the Cowboys and is close with Jerry Jones and the Jones family. If he can envision Elliott sitting in Week 1, that might be an indication that it is a legitimate possibility.
Jones has said he is not overly concerned about Elliott’s holdout, which either means he’s confident Elliott will show up or anticipates coming to an agreement on a new contract. The Cowboys owner also recently made some remarks that could irritate Elliott, so the situation is still one to monitor with less than a month to go until the start of the regular season.