Cowboys elevate Qadree Ollison from practice squad, putting Zeke’s status in doubt for Week 10

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Coming off a bye and a limited week of practice, the Cowboys had expressed cautious optimism Ezekiel Elliott would be available for Sunday’s game at Green Bay, returning to action for the first time since Week 7. However, that seems unlikely following Qadree Ollison’s promotion to the active roster (he had previously been on the team’s practice squad), casting doubt on Zeke’s status for tomorrow’s 4:25 PM ET kickoff at Lambeau. Lending further credence to that theory, Ed Werder said he expects Dallas to err on the side of caution, taking a “conservative” approach with Elliott’s knee injury.

The Cowboys shouldn’t be in any rush to play Elliott at less than 100 percent, continuing to ride the hot hand with Tony Pollard, who erupted for 149 yards (131 rushing, 18 receiving) and three touchdowns when Dallas last played in Week 8. Averaging an efficient 6.2 yards per carry (first among NFL running backs), Pollard has been the more explosive back this season—and arguably the past several years—though the Cowboys have too much money invested in Elliott to use him as a backup, a continual source of frustration for fans who would rather hand the backfield reins to Pollard full time.

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Assuming Elliott spends his afternoon as a spectator (the Cowboys haven’t had more than three running backs active at any point this season), Pollard will retain his workhorse status with Ollison and Malik Davis fighting for scraps. The Cowboys enter Sunday as four-point road favorites over the slumping Packers, who haven’t won since Week 4, with opponents outscoring them 119-79 over their five-game losing streak.

Elliott, if healthy, will have a chance to return either next week at Minnesota or the week after when the Cowboys host the Giants on Thanksgiving.

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