Ezekiel Elliott only had two 100-yard games in 2021, and neither came in the final 12 weeks of the regular season. The Cowboys running back was running on one leg, having partially torn a posterior cruciate ligament in Week 4.
He never considered sitting down.
“I mean, shoot, I think I knew I was tough” Elliott said, via David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. “I think I knew I could play through injuries then. . . . It was really hard. But I mean, it’s my job.”
Elliott did not need surgery to repair the knee, and he healed a few months after the season. He is healthy and strong and says he feels 100%.
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy recently told reporters that Elliott was clocked at 22 mph during a practice session.
“That might be helped by the wind,” Elliott said with a laugh.
Elliott is entering his seventh season with the Cowboys. An eighth is unguaranteed, as he has no more guaranteed money after this season. It seems likely the Cowboys won’t pay $10.9 million in base salary and take a $16.72 million cap charge for Elliott in 2023.
So this could be his last season in Dallas.
“I mean, I control what I can control,” Elliott said. “I focus on what is in the near future. I’m not really worried about what’s going to happen after next season, unless we go on tour to win the Super Bowl. ”
Elliott has come out of the conversation as one of the best guards in the league over the past two seasons. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry and 61.9 yards per game combined in 2020-21, but the quarterback Dak Prescott calls Elliott the best guard in the league when healthy.
Elliott is healthy and apparently has something to prove.
“I think every year we have something to prove,” Elliott said, in fact.