Cowboys Running Back Expected to Return in Week 10

The Dallas Cowboys have jumped out to an impressive 6-2 record through eight weeks despite the absences of some of their biggest stars, and they could be closer to full strength in the back half of the season. Owner Jerry Jones expressed optimism that running back Ezekiel Elliot could return following the team's Week 9 bye. Elliot missed Week 8's 49-29 win over the Chicago Bears with a knee injury suffered against the Detroit Lions in Week 7. Running back Tony Pollard picked up the slack in Elliot's absence, rushing 14 times for 131 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

Elliot has been productive so far this season, averaging 63.3 rushing yards per game and 4.1 yards per carry, but Pollard has begun to surpass him in nearly all facets. The fourth-year back has totalled 506 rushing yards and five touchdowns at an amazing 6.2 yards per attempt, adding another 121 yards through the air. He is set to hit unrestricted free agency at the end of this year.

When Elliot returns, he should slot back into a complementary role on the Cowboys' 14th-ranked scoring offense. Hopefully, his presence won't cost Pollard too many touches.

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