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Todd ArcherESPN Staff Writer
- Covered NFL since 1997, Cowboys since 2003
- Previously covered Bengals and Dolphins
- Lives in Dallas area with his wife and two children
FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will play Sunday at Cincinnati despite a calf bruise, a source told ESPN on Saturday.
Elliott, who was listed as questionable after being limited in practice this week, has also been dealing with a hamstring strain, but he said it was important for him to keep playing for his teammates despite the Cowboys’ 3-9 record. He has not missed a game in his career because of injury.
Elliott has struggled this year, mirroring the Cowboys’ season. He has 784 yards on 199 carries and has lost a career-high five fumbles. He is on pace for 1,045 yards, which would be a career low when he has played a full season.
The Cowboys have not discussed limiting Elliott’s snaps, but they will keep an eye on him and will have Tony Pollard as his backup, a source said.