Cowboys fans wondering why Ezekiel Elliott is playing hurt with Tony Pollard existing

The Dallas Cowboys playing a hurt Ezekiel Elliott against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night has left many confused.

The Dallas Cowboys traveled down to New Orleans hoping to bring an end to their losing streak. There were questions as to whether running back Ezekiel Elliott would play against the Saints, or rest up a knee injury. The latter seemed like a logical option, as Tony Pollard has been playing at a high-level this season.

Instead, the Cowboys played Elliott in the Saints game and gave him the majority of the carries. That left many on Twitter confused, considering they have a healthy Pollard at their disposal.

Ezekiel Elliott plays against Saints despite injury

Even though Elliott had been diagnosed with a bone bruise, team owner Jerry Jones put the kibosh on the former fourth-overall pick sitting to heal up this week, saying that the team expects he would handle a “serious load” against the Saints, via Jori Epsetin of USA Today.

Against New Orleans, Elliott received 13 carries from quarterback Dak Prescott and gained 45 yards.

Pollard has shown what he can do when given a real shot as a starter. Back on Thanksgiving, the 24-year-old returned a kickoff 100-yards for a touchdown against the Raiders. On Thursday night against the Saints, Pollard took a handoff for 58-yard score to extend Dallas’ lead to 20-10. Pollard finished the night rushing for 71 yards on just seven carries.

Dallas obviously has playoff aspirations this season. The NFC East is still up for grabs despite the Cowboys’ lead, as four of their final five games of the campaign are against rivals (Washington Football Team twice, New York Giants once, Philadelphia Eagles once). It will be interesting to see what the Cowboys do in regards to their running game during this stretch.

If Thursday night showed anything, it will be confusing.

Source: FanSided

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