Cowboys-Ezekiel Elliott Talks More Positive; When He Has To Report To Play Week 1

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Fresh off the news the Dallas Cowboys have stabilized their offensive line for years to come, Charles Robinson reports talks between the team and holdout running back Ezekiel Elliott have been more positive.

“Latest on #Cowboys & Zeke. A more positive day,” Robinson tweeted late Monday. “Issues continue on structure. Big one: The impact of the 30-percent rule has been a grind. Basically pushes a lot of money up front or forces creative measures to meet Gurley APY. Dallas doesn’t want a frontloaded deal. Progressing.”

The Cowboys and Elliott were believed to be nearing a deal over the weekend until negotiations stalled on Sunday.

On Monday, head coach Jason Garett said there is no date when Elliott has to return to the team in order to play Week 1 against the New York Giants.

“Zeke is as capable as anybody I know. He’s an experienced player, he’s been a really good player for us, he knows our system of football,” Garrett told reporters. “I don’t think they’ll be a lot of learning there. He’s a smart guy, an instinctive guy. But again, that’s a hypothetical. We’re just focused on the guys we have right now. We’re going to go practice as well as we can the right way to prepare for the Giants.”

Should the Cowboys fail to get a deal with their star running back prior to Sunday’s Week 1 opener, rookie Tony Pollard would be in line to start. It was learned on Monday that Pollard switched his jersey number from 36 to 20.