ATLANTA (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys’ enviable running back depth will be tested, as will their three-game winning streak, when they figure to face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday without Ezekiel Elliott.
Barring another late legal maneuver, Elliott, the second-leading rusher in the NFL, will begin a six-game suspension for alleged domestic violence this week. A federal appeals court in New York City on Thursday denied his request to extend a hold on the suspension.
The Cowboys (5-3), two-and-a-half games behind first-place Philadelphia in the NFC East, will attempt to maintain momentum without Elliott. It’s a huge loss, but Dallas has proven backups, including former 1,000-yard rushers Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden. Rod Smith, a big third-year back, is another option.
McFadden flourished in 2015, when he rushed for 1,089 yards for Dallas. Morris had three straight 1,000-yard seasons for Washington from 2012-14. Morris has played in seven games as a backup to Elliott this season while McFadden has been inactive.
Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said last week Morris would have the first opportunity to replace Elliott.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn expects no big changes in the Cowboys’ offense.
“I don’t think the scheme would change because the style of what they do is pretty clear,” Quinn said. “Alfred and McFadden are certainly backs who have proven themselves in our league.”
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Article source: https://www.foxsports.com/san-diego/story/with-elliott-officially-suspended-cowboys-set-to-face-atlanta-111017
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