As of Monday, running back Ezekiel Elliott returned to the team from his six game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal-conduct policy. During his suspension, he was not allowed to contact the team or step foot on any Dallas Cowboys’ facility. Elliot chose to leave the country during his suspension. This decision may have some people wondering how his return to the field will be and if he has kept in shape during his off time.
If you ask any of Zeke’s teammates and coaches, they’ll tell you they expect nothing but greatness when he returns. After practice on Wednesday, offensive line coach Scott Linehan stated,
“I’m sure he’s in shape…I’d be shocked [if he weren’t]. I mean, he’s really a world-class athlete, he stays in shape, and he trains. I’m sure he’s been doing that.”
The Cowboys have missed Zeke but Alfred Morris and Rod Smith have been holding down the fort in his absence. In the last three games, Smith has scored four touchdowns. They are anticipating Elliot’s return and are ready to welcome him back. “I’m going to give my dog a big hug when he gets back,” Smith stated, “…I held it down for him but I know he’s ready to get back in action. I’m looking forward to it, man.”
If you ask Ezekiel Elliott, he’ll tell you he’s planning to rack up 200 yards on his return game next weekend against the Seattle Seahawks. According to TMZ, Zeke bet Hall of Fame running back, Eric Dickerson, that he would get 200 yards his first game back. The prize being a jersey from the losing participant. Gaining 200 yards against the Seahawks is no small feat. Under head coach Pete Carroll, the Seahawks have never given up 200 yards to an individual runner. There’s a first time for everything though.
One thing’s for sure, fans (as well as the Cowboys) are ready to have this whole suspension over with, and are excited to welcome Elliot back with open arms. Get your popcorn ready because this Christmas Eve game will be a good one!
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