Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott will miss some time in training camp because of a tight hamstring that took him out of practice on Tuesday, executive vice president Stephen Jones said.
The Cowboys were off Wednesday, but Elliott is not expected to participate when the team resumes practice on Thursday.
The Cowboys have not set a timetable for Elliott’s return. Jones told the media on Wednesday that the team will be conservative with him.
It’s a setback for Elliott, the team’s fourth overall pick from Ohio State, who is learning the offense and trying to get adjusted to the pro game.
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But it also challenges the Cowboys in practice. The team is already thin at the position with Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar on the non-football injury list and the physically unable to perform list, respectively.
Alfred Morris will replace Elliott with the first team offense. Rookie sixth-round pick Darius Jackson will get more time with the second team.
The Cowboys don’t plan to sign a running back at this time, Jones said.