Ezekiel Elliott Injury Update: Cowboys RB is expected to play Thanksgiving with a stinging knee
Running cowboy Ezekiel Elliott doesn’t look quite like his usual dominant form in recent games, and it looks like the knee injury he’s been plagued with all season has continued to hold him back. that.
After Sunday’s 19-9 loss to the Chiefs, Elliott explained he’s had a relapse of the knee injury he’s had all season, according to Cowboys.
“It felt better, but I got so caught up in it, which kind of hurt it,” said Elliott.
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Elliott briefly entered the medical tent on Sunday. He finished the game with a 32-yard dash with nine attempts, and he caught six passes for 36 yards.
After the game, he said he expects to be ready for a quick turnaround playing the Radiers on Thanksgiving.
“I hit my knee in that game, but I don’t think it took me back when it got better,” said Elliott. “It’s going to be tough for some guys [dealing with injuries], but I think the boys are ready to get back on the pitch and get this taste out of our mouths. “
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Elliott has been a regular on the team’s training report this season with a knee injury. He was fully involved throughout Week 11, limited to two in Week 10. Before that, he was listed as having a knee injury in Week 5 and missed a day of practice and was restricted in another two days.
The effects of a lingering knee injury have been reflected in his recent performances. In the first five games of the season, he averaged more than 90 meters per game, and that number has dropped below 50 in the past five. In the past five games, Elliott has averaged just 3.68 yards per take with 243 yards in 66 attempts, and he’s only scored two touchdowns. He also caught 23 passes that were 149 yards long.
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The sixth year running back has had a quick start to the season in the first five weeks of the season. He made 85 runs of 452 yards with 5 touches, averaging 5.32 yards per effort, and caught nine passes in 55 yards and one touchdown. Overall, his season average of 4.6 yards per effort still reflects his best total since 2018, when he averaged 4.7 yards.