The Dallas Cowboys made several movements ahead of Sunday’s game at AT&T Stadium when they host Chicago Bears, mostly to try to bolster the ground attack following the injury suffered by Ezekiel Elliott in the previous game against Detroit Lions.
Officially, Dallas has not left Elliott out of the game, but he has a knee injury that has caused him to miss several practices during the week. As a result, they signed rookie RB Malik Davis from the practice squad, who could be playing alongside Tony Pollard against Chicago’s strong defense.
Zeke has little chance of playing
Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy said Elliott could play Sunday if he shows progress in his recovery. “If he practices (Saturday), he has a chance to play.”
But all indications are that Zeke will not play against Bears to give him time to recover, as next week is a bye week for the Cowboys.
Malik was a star at Florida
At 23 years old, Malik Davis could get his first chance in a regular season game against the Bears. Davis, a graduate of the University of Florida, was considered a big star in high school, gaining 2,469 yards and 33 TDs in his senior season.
“He’s doing a great job,” McCarthy said of Davis in practice. “I thought really, his opportunity to play on teams. … I thought he ran the ball extremely well in the preseason. We’ve definitely been preparing for him to get some opportunities this week.”
In addition to Davis, Dallas made several changes:
- They elevated tight end Sean McKeon from the practice squad.
- They are moving another running back, Qadree Ollison, the former Falcons back, to the varsity.
- Interior O-lineman Dakoda Shepley is being elevated from the p-squad.
- Linebacker Devin Harper is moving to injured reserve, as the rookie sixth-round pick is dealing with an Achilles injury.