Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is being held out organized team activities this after being injured in a car accident Sunday.
Elliott, the NFL’s rookie of the year and a Pro Bowler last season, suffered a bump on his head while a passenger in a car. He complained of back and neck stiffness so they Cowboys are holding him out of practice for precautionary reasons.
The Cowboys have the first of three OTAs at The Star in Frisco this week. He was kept out the first two days and will be sidelined again Thursday. He is expected to return to practice on Tuesday.
“We learned about it on Monday morning,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He was a passenger in a car accident on Sunday night. When he came in on Monday he had some body stiffness and some neck stiffness. So we got him checked out. We felt like it was the right thing to do to keep him out. He’s done the dynamic warmup over the last couple of days, but we kept him out of the practice portion of it.”
Elliott, who led the NFL with 1,631 yards as a rookie in 2016, did some conditioning work during practice Wednesday and appeared to fine. The Cowboys don’t believe there will be any lingering issues from the accident. Darren McFadden took first-team reps in his place.
"He's fine," running backs coach Gary Brown said. "He's good. Everything's good."
This is the second accident for Elliott since joining the Cowboys. He was involved in a minor incident the week of the Cowboys playoff game against the Green Bay Packers in January.
Garrett said there is no concern about Elliott’s off-the-field activities.
“That’s not an issue,” Garrett said. “He was a passenger in a car on Sunday night coming home from a charity event earlier in the evening. There is no real concern there.”