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Reaction to Zeke’s minor car accident shifts from concern to comedy

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was involved in a minor car accident on Wednesday morning.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was involved in a minor car accident on Wednesday morning. rmallison@star-telegram.com

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Brice Butler had a little fun once he discovered Ezekiel Elliott was just fine after the rookie running back had a minor car accident Wednesday morning near the team’s practice facility.

When he initially heard of the accident, Butler said: “I hope he’s OK, because you don’t want, you know, that’s our guy. So you don’t want him to be hurt.

“That was really all I thought. And then when I found out he was OK, I was like, dummy. That’s all I thought.’’

Asked for his reaction about Elliott’s accident, defensive lineman Cedric Thornton said: “I hope (he wasn’t driving) the Bentley. He has a nice Bentley, a real nice car.

“He has a real nice car, so if he wrecked the Bentley, it was new. I think stuff happens like that when you get new vehicles. I’ve heard people who wreck their cars when they soon get new vehicles, so hopefully it was that case.’’

Elliott, who wasn’t injured in the accident, was driving a GMC truck which read-ended a BMW.

“I’m good,’’ Elliott said via Twitter. “I’ve been in bigger collisions.’’

Once Butler knew all systems was go as far as Elliot being ready to Sunday’s divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, he decided to have some fun at his teammates’ expense.

“At first I was like, ‘Is he alright, was it a real deal accident,?’ ’’ Butler asked. “Ah, it was a little fender. Ah, stupid. That exactly was my reaction.”

So what exactly was Elliott’s side of the story to his teammates?

“We all asked him in the (Wednesday morning) team meeting what happened, and he was explaining it,’’ Butler said. “I think he ran a (red) light and hit somebody.

“That’s what he said. I don’t know what he told y’all (reporters), so I hope I’m not contradicting him.”

All’s well that ended well, as far as the Cowboys are concerned.

“He’s here,’’ Thornton said. “I’ve seen at practice, so he’s blessed.

“And we need him on Sunday. We definitely need him.’’