Elliott (illness) said he's feeling better after testing positive for COVID-19, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports. "I would say I had maybe one or two days when I felt symptoms," Elliott relayed in a Zoom call Wednesday. "Even then, it wasn't too bad. I had a cough and a little bit of shortness of breath. Now, I feel good. I feel normal."
Elliott's comments represent his first public statement since word leaked June 15 of his positive test. Until Wednesday, though, it was unclear whether or not he was symptomatic, which he confirmed was the case. Elliott has another week to go of self-isolation and "still can't work out," per John Breech of CBS Sports. However, with training camp likely a month away, Elliott has plenty of time to get his bearings once he's healthy enough to do so.
Elliott is reportedly among the multiple Cowboys and Texans players who have recently tested positive for COVID-19, Grant Gordon of NFL.com reports.
Per the report, Elliott's agent relayed to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport that the running back is "feeling good." Gordon adds that none of the players who reportedly tested positive are thought "to have been in their team facilities and the Cowboys and Texans teams followed proper health protocols." In a statement that Rapoport obtained, the Cowboys noted "due to federal and local privacy laws, we are unable to provide information regarding the personal health of any of our employees."
Elliott could be one of the bigger beneficiaries of CeeDee Lamb's addition to the offense, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
With Randall Cobb on the roster last season, the Cowboys ran plays out of '11' personnel (one running back, one tight end, three wide receivers) roughly two-thirds of the time, forcing defenses to put an extra defensive back on the field instead of a linebacker. Elliott averaged 5.1 yards per carry out of that formation, the fifth-highest mark in the league, and his 823 total rushing yards from 11 personnel also led the NFL. With first-round pick Lamb now stepping in for Cobb, and the more conservative Jason Garrett gone as head coach, the team will likely increase its use of 11 personnel further, allowing Elliott to face even fewer stacked fronts.
Elliott carried the ball 18 times for 122 yards and a touchdown and caught three of five targets for two yards and a second score in Sunday's 47-16 win over Washington.
With the Cowboys' playoff hopes on the line, Elliott came through with another big performance, but it went for naught when the Eagles took care of business against the Giants. The fourth-year running back wraps up 2019 with 1,357 rushing yards and 12 TDs on the ground, as well as 54 catches on 71 targets for another 420 yards and two touchdowns. Dallas is likely to have a new head coach, and potentially a new offensive scheme, next season, but given the investments Jerry Jones has made both in Elliott and his offensive line, the RB will likely remain a major part of the Cowboys' attack.
Elliott carried the ball 13 times for 47 yards and caught all seven of his targets for 37 yards in Sunday's 17-9 loss to the Eagles.
With Dak Prescott unable to generate much offense through the air, the Philadelphia defense was able to concentrate on stuffing Elliott, and he was held below 50 rushing yards for the first time since Week 11. The fourth-year back will look to finish the season on a high note in next week's must-win game against a Washington defense that just got steamrolled by Saquon Barkley.
Elliott carried the ball 24 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns and caught three of four targets for 43 yards in Sunday's 44-21 win over the Rams.
That's now back-to-back two-TD performances for Elliott, while the 160 scrimmage yards were a season high as he came through in a big way for those with fantasy shares in him. The fourth-year RB will look to keep rolling next Sunday in Philadelphia with a chance to lock up the NFC East title against an Eagles defense he gashed for 111 rushing yards and a score in Week 7.
Elliott rushed 19 times for 81 yards and two touchdowns and secured two of five targets for 12 yards in the Cowboys' 31-24 loss to the Bears on Thursday.
Elliott's play was a bright spot in the Cowboys' third straight defeat, although game script eventually served to cap his volume overall. The Pro Bowler has now logged a sub-20-carry workload in three of his past four games, and he hasn't eclipsed the 100-yard mark since Week 9 versus the Giants. Elliott does continue seeing multiple targets in the passing game on a regular basis, and he'll look to be get back to more robust volume in the ground attack in another tough matchup against the Rams in Week 15, a week from Sunday.
Elliott carried the ball 12 times for 71 yards and caught seven of 10 targets for 66 yards in Thursday's 26-15 loss to the Bills.
The running back has topped 100 scrimmage yards in two straight games and seven times this season, but his inability to find the end zone proved costly for the Cowboys. Elliott will look to keep rolling next week on the road against a Bears defense that just gave up 83 rushing yards to his former backup, Bo Scarbrough.
Elliott carried the ball 21 times for 86 yards and caught all four of his targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 13-9 loss to the Patriots.
Rain put a damper on both team's offenses, but Elliott was still able to deliver triple-digit scrimmage yards for the sixth time in 11 games. The fourth-year RB is now 81 yards shy of rushing for 1,000 for the third time in his career, a milestone he'll try to reach at home next week against the Bills.
Elliott carried 16 times for 45 yards, a touchdown, and one fumble Sunday against the Lions. He also caught two of three targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in the 35-27 win.
Faced with an excellent matchup against one of the worst run defenses in the league, Elliott fumbled on his first touch and could only manage 2.8 yards per carry. He did, however, record a one-yard TD run in the second quarter and added the decisive score on a 17-yard reception midway through the fourth. Although Elliott failed to take full advantage of an excellent opportunity for a breakout game, his two scores were a boon for fantasy owners, and the passing offense continued to flourish. This could eventually mean more room to run for the star tailback, whose next opportunity will come Sunday against the Patriots.
Elliott rushed 20 times for 47 yards and had two catches for 16 yards in Sunday's 28-24 loss to Minnesota.
The Vikings had a clear gameplan to not let Elliott beat them, and they executed it to perfection. It was a bit surprising that coach Jason Garrett did not find more creative ways to get his star back the ball in open space (just three targets). This was easily Elliott's worst fantasy performance this season, as he was at least able to hit pay dirt the three other occasions in which he did not rush for at least 100 yards. Zeke will have an excellent opportunity to bounce back in the Cowboys' next outing against a Lions defense that ranks 27th against the run.
Elliott rushed 23 times for 139 yards, but was not targeted in Monday night's 37-18 win over the Giants.
Elliott once again was a force on the ground, hitting the 100-yard mark for a third consecutive game. In fact, his output Monday set a new season high. Despite that production, Elliott didn't find the end zone for just the second time this season, and he wasn't targeted in the passing game for only the second time in his four-year career. Those factors prevented him from posting an even better performance, but Elliott still takes considerable momentum into Week 10's visit from the Vikings.
Elliott ran the ball 22 times for 111 yards and a touchdown, adding 36 more yards on six receptions (seven targets) in Sunday's 37-10 win over the Eagles.
The Cowboys were in desperate need of a win after dropping three consecutive contests, so coach Jason Garrett turned to his star back early and often in a blowout victory. Elliott had plenty of lanes to plow through (5.0 yards per carry) with the healthy return of starting tackles Tyron Smith and La'el Collins. The 24-year-old has been putting up RB1 numbers through six games (602 yards and six touchdowns), but we could see an uptick in production after the team's Week 8 bye now that Dallas' offensive line is the healthiest it has been all year.
Elliott carried the ball 28 times for 105 yards and a touchdown while catching five of six targets for 47 yards in Sunday's 24-22 loss to the Jets.
Even with the Cowboys missing both starting tackles from their vaunted offensive line, Elliott still ran for at least 100 yards for the third time in six games and scored his fifth rushing TD. He's been the one consistent element in the Dallas offense this season, but Elliott will have his work cut out for him in Week 7 against a stingy Eagles front seven.
Elliott carried the ball 12 times for 62 yards and a touchdown and caught two of four targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 34-24 loss to the Packers.
It was a moderately better performance than he managed last week in New Orleans, but once again Elliott's ability to get into the end zone kept his fantasy line afloat. He's scored a rushing TD in four of five games so far and stands a good chance of making it five of six in Week 6 on the road against a battered Jets defense.
Elliott rushed 18 times for 35 yards and a touchdown, adding 30 yards on six receptions (seven targets) in Sunday's 12-10 loss to the Saints.
Elliott was met at the line of scrimmage on the majority of his runs, finishing the with longest run of just six yards and fumbling on a key fouth-and-1 attempt in the second quarter. The Saints defense appeared determined to not let the Cowboys' run game get going, and that strategy paid off in a low-scoring, defensive affair. A positive takeaway for Zeke's fantasy owners would be that the back garnered 100 percent of Dallas' running back carries. The 24-year-old is still the workhorse of the backfield even with backup Tony Pollard (zero touches) blowing up for 100-plus yards last week. Elliott will look to get back on track against a Packers defense that has allowed opposing rushing attacks to rack up a whopping 142.3 yards per game.
Elliott carried 19 times for 125 yards and caught two passes for 14 additional yards during Sunday's 31-6 win over the Dolphins.
Elliott didn't face much resistance against a poor Dolphins defense as he gashed it for 6.6 yards per carry. He could have fared even better if not for a big game from backfield mate Tony Pollard, who piled up 128 scrimmage yards and a touchdown of his own. Elliott now has 264 scrimmage yards on 46 touches over the last two games and could face an even heftier workload next Sunday on the road against the Saints.
Elliott will return to his usual workload for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
The Cowboys kept a close eye on his snaps following his preseason holdout, and Elliott saw a lower share of offensive plays during the first two games of 2019 (54.4 percent in Week 1 and 76.8 percent in Week 2) than he did in any game last year. The team is confident his conditioning has caught up, however, and are ready to put him on the field for his customary 80-plus percent of snaps. "This is our third game," offensive coordinator Kellen Moore said. "I think he's at that point where we're pretty much playing this thing out at this point. It was good those first two weeks just to be aware of it and then also trust Zeke's response and how he feels and all those things and just balancing that stuff out." Of course, if Sunday's game turns into a rout, Elliott's workload could be curtailed for a completely different reason.
Elliott ran for 111 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries during Sunday's game against Washington. He also caught two passes for nine additional yards in the 31-21 win.
After playing in a somewhat limited capacity during the season opener, Elliott took on his usual workhorse role in this one and responded by averaging 4.8 yards per carry against a solid Redskins front. He took a backseat to the passing offense at times in the red zone but topped his day off with a short rushing score in the fourth quarter. Now back up to speed along with what looks like an elite offense, Elliott is primed for a big game next Sunday at home against an abysmal Dolphins team.
Elliott is prepared for more touches Week 2 in Washington, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports. "I think I'm ready now for a normal workload. Just depends on how (running backs coach Gary Brown) and Kellen (Moore) and coach (Jason) Garrett are feeling on Sunday," Elliott said. "But if they ask me, I'll be able to go out there and do it."
After his holdout ended with a six-year, $90 million extension last Wednesday, Elliott wasn't a workhorse in his first action of the season, earning 37 of 68 offensive snaps (54 percent) in Sunday's win against the Giants. For comparison's sake, he logged less than 80 percent of the snaps on offense one time in 18 chances (including playoffs) in 2018. Elliott was reasonably efficient with his workload, turning 14 touches into 63 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown. Assuming the Week 2 game plan calls for increased snaps, he'll be a poised for a more familiar role and likely will push rookie Tony Pollard further out of the backfield mix.
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