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Cowboys OTA report: Ezekiel Elliott returns, Jason Witten sits out

Ezekiel Elliott practiced Wednesday during the Cowboys’ OTAs.
Ezekiel Elliott practiced Wednesday during the Cowboys’ OTAs. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Ezekiel Elliott is practicing again during the second week of Cowboys’ organized team activities.

Elliott was held out of last week’s OTAs after being involved in a minor car accident as a passenger, but has returned to the practice field this week.

“Zeke loves to practice,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He loves football. He is champing at the bit. Even when he couldn’t practice last week he was involved in the walk throughs. You can see the passion in his face and the bounce in his step. He loves being out there and he is getting better and better every day.”

Elliott, 21, is coming off a terrific rookie season in which he led the NFL in rushing with 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Among the players who were held out of OTAs on Wednesday included tight end Jason Witten, linebacker Sean Lee and long snapper L.P. Ladouceur. All were given “veteran” days off.

“It’s never easy,” Witten said of being a healthy scratch from practice. “But, look, we have a great system in place. It’s been good for me as I’ve gone into this offseason, going into my 15th year to approach it that way.”

Wide receivers Cole Beasley and Lucky Whitehead were held out with hamstring injuries.

Other players rehabbing included linebackers Jaylon Smith and Mark Nzeocha; tight ends Geoff Swaim and James Hanna; defensive linemen DeMarcus Lawrence, Stephen Paea and Benson Mayowa; and offensive linemen Chaz Green and Joe Looney.