Ezekiel Elliott Injury Updates

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’s dealing with a sore ankle and bursitis in his knee but should be a full-go for Sunday night’s game against the Texans. Keep Zeke locked into fantasy lineups.

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett said Monday that RB Ezekiel Elliott is dealing with "an ankle injury and bursitis in his knee." It's unclear when the injuries occurred, but Zeke played 77% of the offensive snaps and ripped off 240 total yards in Sunday's win over the Lions. We'll monitor his practice participation this week, but he should be fine for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett said Thursday that RB Ezekiel Elliott bruised his ribs in last weekend's game against the Rams. Zeke didn't seem impacted by the injury in that one and put in a full practice on Wednesday. We'll keep an eye on this, but consider Elliott's fantasy stock unaffected for now.

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden is inactive for tonight's game against the Giants. He wasn't listed on the injury report, so it looks like he's a healthy scratch. Alfred Morris will serve as Ezekiel Elliott's backup tonight. He's not a fantasy option, of course. But it's now unclear who the Elliott handcuff is.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott was a passenger in a car involved in a minor accident on Sunday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Elliott didn't sustain any serious injuries, but he did take a hit to the head and is being evaluated. If he's diagnosed with a concussion, that could come into play if he suffers another one down the line. Elliott is being held out of OTAs this week. The story won't impact his spot in our 2017 fantasy football rankings, but it's at least something to file away.

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden will get "most of the reps" in Sunday's finale against the Eagles. Dallas has nothing to gain in that one and no reason to risk injury to RB Ezekiel Elliott. We're not expecting anything more than 10 touches for Zeke, making him a low-end fantasy option. McFadden could get 15+ totes in what figures to be a run-heavy game for the 'Boys.

The Cowboys have placed RB Darren McFadden on the non-football injury list because of the fractured elbow that kept him out through training camp and the preseason. That means McFadden will miss at least the 1st 6 games of the regular season. It also makes Alfred Morris the clear handcuff to RB Ezekiel Elliott if your fantasy football draft is still to come (or if Morris is sitting on your waiver wire).

Cowboys insider Bryan Broaddus believes RB Ezekiel Elliott is still "not in football shape." That makes some sense considering he missed a couple of weeks of camp with a hamstring injury. Zeke looked just fine in his preseason debut on Thursday night, though, carrying 7 times for 48 yards. Broaddus says the rookie "can play better." That's a scary thought for opposing defenses. Elliott has the potential to lead all RBs in fantasy points.

ESPN's Stephania Bell spoke with Cowboys HC Jason Garrett about RB Ezekiel Elliott's hamstring strain. Garrett said the team is doing "what we do with all soft tissue injuries. Keep something that might only require a week or so to get better from turning into an injury that lasts four weeks or longer." Bell said that another player told her Elliott would be playing if this were the regular season. "Sounds like caution is the name of the game, especially in the preseason," Bell said. That's comforting for anyone looking to draft Elliott. It'll be more comforting when he returns to the field, though.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) is not expected to play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Rams. The rookie has been sidelined for the past 8 days. “He is making progress and again he falls into the category of soft tissue injuries that you have to be pretty deliberate with before you bring guys back,” HC Jason Garrett said. “That’s one of those injuries if you bring him back a day or two too soon all of a sudden you can have a six or seven week injury and we don’t want that for him or for anybody else on our team. He’ll continue to work on the side. He’s done a little bit more each day.” Elliott was reportedly expected to be sidelined "about a week." If his absence extends much beyond this weekend, we might move him down the RB rankings.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will miss "some time" with a hamstring injury suffered on Tuesday, according to VP Stephen Jones. He refused to put an exact timetable on Elliott's return, but ESPN's Ed Werder hears that the rookie is expected to be sidelined "about a week." This sounds like a minor issue, but hamstrings are always worth monitoring. With RB Darren McFadden (elbow) also sidelined, RB Alfred Morris will soak up 1st-team reps.

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden reportedly broke his elbow at home over Memorial Day weekend. He underwent surgery on Tuesday morning and is expected to be sidelined about 2 months. That'd put him back on the field in mid-August. McFadden was already a long shot to hold off rookie Ezekiel Elliott for the Week 1 starting job. This injury puts him in danger of losing the #2 job to Alfred Morris.


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