FRISCO, Texas – Cowboys’ star running back Ezekiel Elliott has fulfilled his six game suspension as a result of domestic violence allegations and will return to the field this Sunday to take on the Seattle Seahawks at AT&T Stadium.
Elliott spent his time away from his teammates working out, training, and filming a documentary in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico according to multiple reports. He spent the month in relative isolation focusing on slimming down while going through detailed drills and lifting weights on a field that was set up for him on a driving range. Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson joined Zeke and offered some advice to the young athlete on moving forward.
Zeke arrived at the Star on Monday for the first time in 6 weeks and Owner Jerry Jones said; “ I’m excited to have him back at the Star. It’s been a rough year for Zeke…and now we’re back together again. Maybe we’ll get a chance to really do something special, maybe we’ll get in the playoffs.”
Elliott has put the past behind him and is looking ahead to the remaining two games on the schedule against the Seahawks here in Dallas, and finishing up with the Eagles in Philadelphia.
Today in the locker-room, Zeke did not want to answer any questions involving the suspension. He stated, “ That’s in the past. It’s done with. I’m looking ahead to the Seahawks game.” When he was repeatedly bombarded with continued questions about the suspension, he left. This has been played out in the court of public opinion for over a year as well as in the judicial system, which resulted in multiple court rulings occurring weekly. He spent the last 6 weeks working hard and clearing his mind to be ready to play on Christmas Eve. As part of the suspension, Zeke could have no contact with his teammates, coaching staff, or be in the facilities. I could see the excitement written across Zeke’s face in anticipation of being back on the field doing what he does best: playing football.
He will have his work cut out for him as the Cowboys try to win their last two games of the season to keep their playoff hopes alive after the crazy victory against the Raiders last Sunday to keep them in the running. The Cowboys must win both remaining games during the regular season against the Seahawks and the Eagles, the Lions must lose once, and either the Panthers or the Falcons must lose twice in order for them to clinch a wild card spot.
With the Cowboys All-Pro running back in the offensive lineup after his absence, their difficult road into the playoffs seems a little brighter. In his rookie year Elliott was named the NFL’s leading rusher with 1,631 yards, and best runner/ rookie of the year by Pro Football Focus (PFF). It is not just his rushing ability that motivates this team, but his attitude and love for the game. Zeke’s personality is contagious and there is a difference when he steps in the building. He energizes the team in the locker-room, on the sidelines, and on the field where he will make his presence known come Sunday as we hear the familiar words, “FEED ZEKE!”
Brianna Dix graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communications. She is a reporter, writer, host, and avid sports fan with a passion for sports.