NFL Rumors: Cowboys Running Back Expected Back for Week 10

The Dallas Cowboys have survived injuries to their biggest stars to start the season 6-2, and they appear to be getting healthy at the right time. Owner and CEO Jerry Jones shared on 1053 The FAN that he expects running back Ezekiel Elliot to be available when his team faces the Green Bay Packers in Week 10. Elliot missed the Cowboys' Week 8 49-29 win over the Chicago Bears with a hyperextended knee suffered in Week 7 against the Detroit Lions. He has totalled 443 rushing yards and a respectable 4.1 yards per attempt in seven appearances this season.

Elliot's unavailability hasn't hurt the Cowboys much in the past couple of weeks. Fellow running back Pollard has rushed for an impressive 214 rushing yards and an amazing 8.23 yards per attempt over his previous two contests. The Cowboys have cruised to a 38-point margin of victory in those two games. 

Pollard has earned more touches, but he may be best suited to making the most of an even split in carries. The Cowboys have the luxury of two productive running backs, and both players may be better off avoiding excessive workloads so long as it maximizes their efficiency.

Elliot initially joined the Cowboys as the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He burst onto the scene as a rookie, compiling a career-high 1631 rushing yards and 16 total touchdowns in his debut season. He led the league in rushing yards per game in each of his first three years, but his production has tailed off in recent seasons: he's down to 62.2 rushing yards per game and 4.1 yards per attempt over his last 39 appearances.
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