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Jerry Jones explains why Cowboys didn’t start Ezekiel Elliott vs. Colts: ‘Not a demotion’

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Ezekiel Elliott had appeared in 97 career games entering the Cowboys’ Week 13 game against the Colts. Dallas’ star running back had started each of those contests dating back to his rookie year in 2016.

That streak came to an end on “Sunday Night Football.”

Tony Pollard took the first snap with Dallas’ offense in its 54-19 win over Indianapolis. Elliott didn’t see the field until the second drive of the game, and his first touch came with 8:41 left in the first quarter.

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Pollard has out-produced Elliott this season, but it was still unusual to see him start over the longer-tenured back. However, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones revealed there was a reason for that decision following the game.

“Yeah, think there was a little issue he had with his coach and some discipline issues,” Jones explained, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Being tardy for a meeting or a phone going off or something serious, relative to Zeke, but I won’t get into that, but I’m not giving out that punishment. I’d be a lot more lenient than that.”

Jones wanted to make it clear that the issue surrounding Elliott was not serious.

“It’s a minor thing that you have with your meetings and your phones and things like that,” Jones said. “That was not a demotion as to the first one on the field. That had more to do with your phone going off at the wrong time, those types of things. Nothing of consequence. Be sure and mention that. No behavior issues.”

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Jones likely wanted to clarify that point because Elliott dealt with off-the-field issues during the early stages of his NFL career. He was suspended for six games in 2017 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after he was accused of domestic violence by a former partner.

This issue appears to be internal and doesn’t nearly reach that magnitude.

Elliott fared well off the bench, running for 77 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 17 carries. However, he still out-carried Pollard even though the younger back outpaced him, generating 91 yards and two scores on just 12 carries.

So, it doesn’t appear that Elliott is in danger of losing his role as the primary ball carrier in Dallas’ backfield.


Credit: sportingnews.com

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