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Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee) is inactive for today’s game vs. the Bears. He’ll get a Week 9 bye and reportedly has a good chance to be back for Week 10. RB Tony Pollard should get workhorse usage today. He’ll be backed up by practice-squad call ups Qadree Ollison and Malik Davis.

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee) is not expected to play vs. the Bears today. He's listed as doubtful after missing practice all week. RB Tony Pollard is positioned for a workhorse role against Chicago's 25th-ranked RB defense. RBs Qadree Ollison and Malik Davis were both elevated from the practice squad on Saturday.

The Cowboys expect RB Ezekiel Elliott to return from his knee sprain after their Week 9 bye, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Zeke is officially doubtful for Sunday's game vs. the Bears, but it sounds like he might end up missing just that 1 game. We'll keep an eye on him when Dallas comes out of the bye.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee) is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game vs. the Bears. He didn’t practice all week and looks likely to sit through Dallas’ upcoming Week 9 bye. Zeke’s absence should land RB Tony Pollard in a workhorse role. It’ll be RBs Qadree Ollison and Malik Davis behind him.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Cowboys don't expect RB Ezekiel Elliott to play Sunday against the Bears. He took a shot directly to his right knee in last Sunday's win over the Lions and has not practiced this week. If he's out, Tony Pollard becomes 1 of the week's most attractive fantasy football plays at the position.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee) remained sidelined on Thursday. He could probably play vs. the Bears this weekend without practicing, but there's a real chance Elliott sits that one out, especially with Dallas' upcoming Week 9 bye. We'll see how he's listed on the final injury report.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee) did not practice on Wednesday and admitted afterwards that he might miss this weekend's game vs. the Bears. “I think it’s a consideration, but it all depends on how I feel at the end of the week," Elliott said. The Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill reports that Elliott has a Grade 2 MCL sprain and "deep thigh bruise," but a source tells The Dallas Morning News' Michael Gehlken that it's more of a "hyperextension injury." Regardless, it sounds like there's a good chance Elliott is held out of Sunday's game, especially with a Week 9 bye on tap. His absence would turn Tony Pollard into a RB1. We'll continue to keep a close eye on Zeke's status.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott injured his right knee in the 2nd half of Sunday's win over the Lions but was able to play through it. “I think I’ve got a contusion on it. I still have to go back and talk to the trainers," Elliott said after the game. We'll keep an eye on this. RB Tony Pollard would obviously turn into a strong fantasy option if Elliott misses time.

Cowboys RBs Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard both delivered for fantasy football teams in Sunday's win over the Lions. Elliott picked up 57 yards and scored twice among 15 carries. Pollard rushed 12 times for 83 yards and caught 2 passes for 26 more, giving him 109 total yards for the game. The 14 touches were a season high for Pollard. According to Pro Football Focus, he ran 4 more routes than Elliott for the game, marking the 1st time this season that Pollard has led in that category. We'll see whether that becomes a trend (as it probably should). Dallas gets positive RB matchups with the Bears and Packers the next 2 games, sandwiching a Week 9 bye.

Cowboys RB Tony Pollard matched his season highs for opportunities (carries + targets) and touches in Sunday night's loss to the Eagles. He ran for 44 yards on 11 carries and added 2 catches for 8 yards among 3 targets. The 14 opportunities and 13 touches matched his totals from the Week 3 win over the Giants. Pollard's 40% snap share fell right in line with the previous 4 games, however, and still well short of the 55% he played in the season-opening loss to the Buccaneers. It would seem fair to expect more opportunities for Pollard in trailing game scripts, though we remain surprised that Dallas hasn't integrated him further into the offense across situations. RB Ezekiel Elliott did run well in the loss to Philly, gaining 81 yards and scoring among his 13 carries. Elliott added 1 catch for 5 yards on his lone target.

Cowboys RB Tony Pollard delivered a 57-yard TD run in Sunday's win over the Rams ... but not a whole lot else. He rushed just 7 other times in the game (for 29 yards) distantly trailing Ezekiel Elliott's 22 attempts (for 78 yards). Elliott also continued to run ahead of Pollard as a receiver: 9 routes to 4, according to Pro Football Focus numbers. We'd love to see Pollard's displayed explosiveness force Dallas coaches to give him more touches. But his continued limited playing time makes Pollard bench fodder in most fantasy football leagues.

Cowboys RB Tony Pollard (illness) is active for today’s game vs. the Rams. We’re expecting him to play his usual role behind RB Ezekiel Elliott.

Cowboys RB Tony Pollard (illness) is expected to play vs. the Rams today, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. He popped up on the injury report on Friday and did not practice, but we're not expecting Pollard's role or effectiveness to be impacted today.

Cowboys RB Tony Pollard (illness) is questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Rams. He popped up on the injury report on Friday and did not practice. Players usually play through illnesses, but stay tuned to Shark Bites for further updates on Pollard's Week 5 status.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott tallied 81 scoreless yards in Sunday's win over the Commanders. He took 19 carries for 49 yards (2.6 per rush) and caught both of his targets for 32 yards. Nearly all of that (31) came on a single play. The 21 opportunities, however, marked Elliott's largest total and greatest share of his split with Tony Pollard through 4 games. Elliott garnered 65.6% of their combined opportunities (carries + targets) against Washington. That followed shares of 60%, 54.8% and 53.3% the first 3 weeks. We'll how that work split proceeds. Pollard managed only 6 rushing yards on 8 carries against Washington and 2 yards on his lone catch among 3 targets. He's not usable in most fantasy football formats right now.

RB Tony Pollard paced the Dallas backfield in production in Week 3, taking 13 carries for 105 yards. He saw the Cowboys’ first attempt of the night vs. New York but was narrowly out-carried by Zeke Elliott (15-73) overall. Elliott handled 3 of Dallas’ 4 goal line rushing opportunities, punching in 1 score. And, after seeing 7 targets in Week 1, Pollard garnered only 1 against the Giants. This backfield split will remain in place going forward, with Elliott the slightly better bet for weekly carries. Pollard’s receiving game involvement should rebound a bit Sunday vs. Washington. Also note that Dak Prescott (thumb) should return over the next couple of weeks.

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with his thumb injury, ESPN's Todd Archer reports. Prescott is meeting with a hand specialist on Monday, but the expectation is that he'll need a pin and plate inserted to stabilize his fractured joint. The short end of that 6-8 week timetable would have Prescott back for Week 8. But Dallas has a Week 9 bye, so Week 10 might be the most likely return date for Dak. His absence is obviously a big blow to all of the Cowboys' skill-position players. Prescott is cuttable in fantasy leagues without an IR spot.

The hope for anyone drafting Cowboys RB Tony Pollard in a fantasy football league is that he opens the year with a significant increase in receiving work. It sounds like OC Kellen Moore wants that, too. “There is a ton of it on film. A lot of it is coming back to him,” Moore told ESPN's Todd Archer, referring to the receiving skills Pollard displayed in college. “I think he does have more than just that. He’s not going to run [just] the running back route tree, the quick game and just kind of the completion plays. He can stretch people vertically, and I think that will be a huge advantage for him to put people in conflict of how they want to handle him.” There is room for Pollard to factor into a passing game that lost Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson, and will at least see Michael Gallup (ACL) limited to open the year. Obviously, the ultimate ceiling for Pollard would include an Ezekiel Elliott injury. But he sits higher in our RB rankings than previous years because of the expected growth in his receiving role.

Cowboys RB Tony Pollard has been "privately tutored" on playing slot receiver by offensive quality control coach Kyle Valero this offseason. "Just details like route-running, getting in and out of breaks, why we’re running certain plays and what’s the meaning behind them,” Pollard said. “We’re getting into the depth of why we’re doing the things that we’re doing, so it will make more sense in the big picture. …It just shows the hard work that I’ve put in. In the offseason, during the season, it’s not going unnoticed. Guys are noticing the things that I can do with the ball to help the team, just knowing that I can contribute more and more to the team.” Pollard ranked 3rd in yards per route run last year among 51 qualifying RBs, and the Cowboys are dangerously thin at WR to open the season. So we're buying some slot usage for Pollard. That'll give him a chance to be a fantasy starter even behind a healthy Ezekiel Elliott.

Cowboys OC Kellen Moore confirmed his plans to increase RB Tony Pollard’s role in 2022. “He’s a guy that we want to get the ball to,” Moore said of the contract-year back. “He’s had a ton of success when he does get those opportunities. I think the running back role is one thing, certainly when Zeke and him can kind of tag-team that role, but then it’s another opportunity for him to expand that role and play in some different positions, out in space and some of the things that certainly he’s capable of doing. I think the more we expand those roles, the more opportunities he’ll be able to get out there and get touches.” Pollard, with an ADP at mid-Round 7, is one of our favorite RB3 targets.

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