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Dallas Cowboys coaches — those who remain, anyway — are set to return from vacation next week, and at some point they will head to Mobile, Alabama, for the Senior Bowl.

At the moment, the Cowboys need a tight ends coach, a linebackers coach, a secondary coach, a special-teams coordinator, a wide receivers coach and a quarterbacks coach. The front office and head coach Jason Garrett might already know who will fill some of those roles and just aren’t saying.

So let’s lay out what has happened to the staff since the season ended, and what might happen next:


Special-teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia — Despite being under contract and putting together a good unit the past few seasons, he was allowed to leave by the front office and join Jon Gruden with the Oakland Raiders. Bisaccia is respected across the league and desires to be a head coach one day. Getting back together with Gruden could help him.

Linebackers coach Matt Eberflus — He is expected to be Josh McDaniels’ defensive coordinator wherever the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator lands a head-coaching job (Indianapolis Colts, cough, cough). He was elevated to passing-game coordinator in 2017 and was a key part of the coverage schemes the Cowboys used. He devised their dime package a couple of years ago. He bet on himself last year, choosing not to sign an extension with the Cowboys in hopes of becoming a coordinator in 2018.

Wide receivers coach Derek Dooley — He would have been back with the Cowboys in 2018 but was able to land the offensive coordinator job at Missouri. This move allows him the chance to get back on track to being a head coach one day.

Offensive line coach Frank Pollack — With Pro Bowlers Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin on his unit, his job did not appear to be on the line after the 2017 season ended. But a change was made, anyway, even though he remained under contract. He ended up as the line coach with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson — The longest-tenured assistant under Garrett (2007-17), he was Dak Prescott’s first backer on the staff prior to the 2016 draft. His contract expired, and he was told he would not return.

Secondary coach Joe Baker — He was told his contract would not be renewed. While he incorporated almost an entirely new secondary in 2017, the fact that the players the Cowboys let walk in free agency — such as Barry Church, Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne — played better elsewhere did not help his cause.

Tight ends coach Steve Loney — He chose to retire after one season in his position, ending a coaching career that began in 1974.


Offensive line coach Paul Alexander — He spent 23 years as the Bengals’ line coach and was able to put together some solid running game and pass protection schemes. He inherits what will be the best group he has coached and will be in charge of improving the pass protection while keeping the run game top notch. Over the years, he has changed his blocking scheme depending on the talent he has had.

Running backs coach Gary Brown — Sources say he is expected to return for his sixth season. He had interest from the Raiders and Houston Texans. He has had success with DeMarco Murray, Darren McFadden and Ezekiel Elliott since joining the Cowboys. He has also developed Keith Smith from a linebacker to a fullback and Rod Smith as an effective third-down back.

Sanjay Lal — A source said Lal will be the receivers coach after interviewing for the position last week. Miles Austin also interviewed for the spot and could be considered for another role on the staff, but Lal’s experience gave him the edge. The key question for the Cowboys and whoever coaches the receivers will be Dez Bryant’s future with the team.


Kellen Moore — After spending most of last season on the practice squad, he has interviewed for the quarterbacks coach job, and his close ties to Scott Linehan help his case. He has always been viewed as a coach-in-waiting. Considering that Linehan effectively runs the quarterback room as coordinator, it will allow Moore a chance to grow as a coach.

Keith O’Quinn — He has served as Bisaccia’s assistant since 2014. He has experience in coaching on both sides of the ball and comes from a scouting background. Considering how a special-teams unit is put together, the coach has to have an understanding of every level. The special-teams coordinator also has to work closely with Garrett. O’Quinn’s experience on the staff helps.

John Pagano — He is scheduled to meet with the club over the next few days. He ended last season as Oakland’s defensive coordinator, taking over for Ken Norton Jr. He has been an NFL assistant since 1996 and has extensive work as a linebackers coach, which is a sign the Cowboys are preparing for life without Eberflus. Pagano has experience in 4-3 and 3-4 systems and could be a solid resource for defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.

Ray Horton — He won a Super Bowl ring with the Cowboys in 1992 as a defensive back and was considered for Garrett’s staff back in 2011. He was out of football last season after serving as Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator in 2016. While the Cowboys would like Greg Jackson to return to help the secondary, Horton has a lot of experience.

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Gary Brown is expected to return as Dallas Cowboys running backs coach, according to sources.

Brown also had interest from the Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans, but opted to remain with the Cowboys, where he has been since 2013.

He has overseen the development of DeMarco Murray and Ezekiel Elliott, who led the NFL in rushing in 2014 and 2016. Brown helped Murray, who was named to the Pro Bowl in 2013 and ’14, and Elliott, who was named a first-team All Pro in 2016, become smarter running backs and identify defensive fronts to improve their ability to hit the hole in the zone running scheme.

But Brown’s work extends beyond those two. In 2015, Darren McFadden finished fourth in the NFL in rushing with 1,089 yards despite not becoming the lead back until the sixth game of the season. With Elliott suspended for six games in 2017, the Cowboys still managed to run the ball effectively with Alfred Morris and Rod Smith.

Smith’s development as a solid third-down back, as well as Keith Smith’s seamless transition from linebacker to fullback two years ago also speaks well on Brown’s coaching ability.

Brown is the first coach with an expiring contract to remain with the Cowboys. The Cowboys would also like passing game coordinator and linebackers coach Matt Eberflus and safeties coach Greg Jackson to return. Eberflus could be a defensive coordinator depending on how some head coaching vacancies are filled, but it is also possible he could return to the Cowboys with an expanded role.

There have been six changes on Jason Garrett’s staff so far with special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia (Oakland), offensive line coach Frank Pollack (Cincinnati Bengals), quarterbacks coach Derek Dooley (Missouri offensive coordinator), quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson, secondary coach Joe Baker and tight ends coach Steve Loney not returning.

The Cowboys have interviewed long-time Cincinnati offensive line coach Paul Alexander and Indianapolis Colts receivers coach Sanjay Lal.

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Ezekiel Elliott can return to The Star next Monday with his six-game suspension coming to an end following the Dallas Cowboys’ game on Sunday night in Oakland, but the coaches have not yet finalized a plan on how to get the running back up to speed.

“That’s like so far away in our mind right now, getting ready for this Oakland game is what we’re focusing on,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said.

Perhaps the long flight to Oakland on Saturday will give the coaches a chance to work through the issues. Elliott has not been around the team since the Cowboys beat the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 5. He lost a legal ruling that would have kept him on the field and later dropped another appeal of the penalty for violating the league’s personal conduct policy in July of 2016.

By rule, the coaches and front office cannot have contact with Elliott. He can speak with the athletic training staff and teammates.

“I know he’s excited,” tight end Jason Witten said. “I’ve kept up with him, text, and if there’s one thing you know about Zeke through the first year and a half I’ve been around him is that he loves football. He loves being around. He loves the locker room. So from that standpoint I know he’s missed it. And we’ve missed him. I know he’s going to be really excited.”

Alfred Morris and Rod Smith have replaced Elliott as the Cowboys’ main ballcarriers. The Cowboys have averaged 120.4 yards per game on the ground without Elliott, compared to 148.3 yards per game with him.

In the first eight games, Elliott ran 191 times for 783 yards and seven touchdowns. He also caught 19 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns. He had more than 80 percent of the Cowboys rushes before his absence.

Linehan does not believe conditioning will be an issue when Elliott returns.

“He’s really a world-class athlete. He stays in shape and he trains. I’m sure he’s been doing that,” Linehan said. “In a lot of ways it’s probably the break he’ll feel a little bit like he feels when he comes to training camp. He’s got a little break between OTAs and training camp now. So he’ll probably have those fresh legs and I’m sure he’ll be ready to go. I don’t know that there’s any model to go by with a guy being gone for a length of time, but a lot of times if you do it right you stay in shape, it can be a benefit for you just as far as how you feel at the end of the year versus if you’re playing every game.”

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If you’re wondering about the Dallas Cowboys’ playoff scenarios, take a break. It’s time for Five Wonders:

Away we go:

  • Ezekiel Elliott will be back from suspension on Dec. 18 for the beginning of the prep work for the Seattle Seahawks on Christmas Eve. In the first 23 games he has played, Elliott has gotten almost all of the meaningful carries. He played 464 of the 547 offensive snaps in the first eight games of the season. When he returns, I wonder if the Cowboys will go back to giving him almost all of the meaningful carries or if they will give Alfred Morris some work in the run game and Rod Smith some work in the pass game. Of the two, Morris’ time is likely more in jeopardy. The Cowboys will have to see what kind of conditioning Elliott is in when he comes back, but Smith has been useful in the passing game beyond his 81-yard touchdown catch against the New York Giants. It might be smart to work Elliott back up to speed.
  • I’m on record as saying the Cowboys need to keep linebacker Anthony Hitchens, who is set to be a free agent. I wonder why the Cowboys aren’t talking to him about a new deal now. The word I’ve gotten is that there haven’t been any discussions. Considering Sean Lee’s injury status and Jaylon Smith’s continuing return from a serious knee injury, keeping Hitchens around makes sense and not just for insurance. Hitchens is a good player; better than people want to realize. If he goes, then the Cowboys have to add a linebacker somehow, either in free agency or the draft. Why not keep one of your own? Here’s a mini-wonder inside a wonder: I wonder if teams will place a higher value on Hitchens than the Cowboys and make him an offer he can’t refuse if he gets to the open market.
  • Speaking of keeping potential free agents, I wonder if the Cowboys will make a push to keep left guard Jaylon Smith. The former No. 7 overall pick struggled to find a footing with the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots, but he has done well enough for the Cowboys to consider keeping him in 2018. Cooper is better served — as are all left guards — when Tyron Smith plays, but the Cowboys value continuity up front. They can keep him with a short-term deal, draft a potential starter in the spring and keep the group together for another year.
    • Brice Butler was inactive against the Giants in part because of a foot injury. He was limited throughout the week in practice leading up to the game. I wonder if the Cowboys will continue to keep Butler inactive even if his foot improves. He is a free agent after the season and his chances of returning don’t seem great. The Cowboys want to see what rookie Noah Brown can do, and he is better in the running game. Butler has made some big plays this season, mostly on broken plays. I think he is a solid player and can help an offense but as presently constituted, he just doesn’t seem like the best of fits right now. He played in fewer than 20 snaps in each of the last three games he has played.
    • The Cowboys and Giants have met in Week 1 in five of the last six seasons in part because it is a guaranteed ratings’ draw to open the season. While that will still be true in 2018, I wonder if the NFC East rivals are done meeting in Week 1. What point would it serve? At 2-11, the Giants are about to have a top-three pick, a new coach, a new general manager and probably a new quarterback. The season-opening meeting is something of a tradition but it’s one that needs to end.

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If you were struggling to put your finger on what seemed off about this particular Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants game in December, the fact that it was being played while the sun was still up was a big part of it. Cowboys-Giants is supposed to be prime-time, network-TV gold. Not some run-of-the-mill, 1 p.m. ET start. Not in December.

A year ago, this would have been a game about playoff seeding — between two of the best teams in the league. And there’s little doubt that if it weren’t a Sunday night game, it would at least have been in a prominent, late-TV window.

But it was not, and if you’ve been following this NFC East season, you know why. The Giants have fallen apart completely, to the point where they just fired their coach and general manager with four games left to play, and six days later dropped a lackluster 30-10 home game to their once-fearsome rivals to fall to 2-11. The Cowboys? Well, their season is still breathing, but at 7-6, they’re still on the outside of the NFC playoff hunt looking in. They need to keep winning and get some help, and as of 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, the other Week 14 results — wins by Atlanta, Green Bay and Carolina — were not helping.

“The situation we’re in is a challenging one,” Cowboys receiver Cole Beasley said. “But guys aren’t going to back down from that challenge. Those aren’t the kinds of guys we have in this locker room.”

The Cowboys took a pretty memorable punch four weeks ago when they gave up eight sacks in an ugly loss to the Atlanta Falcons. It was the first game of star running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension, and the first of three straight losses for a Cowboys team that entered the season with Super Bowl hopes. The losing streak severely damaged Dallas’ playoff chances (which stood at 1.9 percent as of Sunday morning, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index), and it raised questions about whether the offense could function without Elliott. No one likes excuses, but star left tackle Tyron Smith missed that Atlanta game with an injury, and the Cowboys believe it took them a while to recover from the damage that did.

“Tyron was out, and the protection was a disaster,” Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. “So that shook some of the confidence in it, and we’ve been slowly getting that back. That really set us back, because then everything is about protecting the protection, and your focus gets taken away for that, and it makes you defensive on offense. But I really feel we’ve kind of gotten through that cloud.”

The Cowboys’ offensive focus Sunday was on hitting some big plays in the passing game — an accomplishment that has eluded their run-first offense seemingly all season. Knowing the Giants and the way defensive coordinator/interim coach Steve Spagnuolo likes to call a game, they expected New York to blitz a bunch and come after quarterback Dak Prescott, and they were not disappointed. Prescott kept beating the blitz, and he hit enough big plays to make a difference. Dez Bryant caught a 50-yard touchdown. Rod Smith caught an 81-yard touchdown. Beasley had a 54-yard catch-and-run that set up another touchdown. Tied 10-10 at the half, the Cowboys busted it open and did their part, at least, to keep their season alive.

“We know where we are, we know what we’ve got to do and we’re excited to get back to work next week and get after it,” Prescott said.

The Giants, unfortunately, also know where they are. From a standings perspective, it’s nowhere. The only team in the NFL with a worse record is the 0-13 Cleveland Browns, and the Giants just concluded a week that was all about public relations damage control. Out went coach Ben McAdoo and longtime general manager Jerry Reese, both the object of fan scorn all season. Back in at quarterback was Eli Manning, the beloved Super Bowl champion whose ham-handed benching two weeks ago prompted a fan reaction that ownership admits was worse than it expected. At the helm Sunday was Spagnuolo, the amiable, well-liked coordinator whose Giants glory days were a decade ago but who’s still a fan favorite and a steadying hand for a difficult time.

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It’s not that Travis Frederick needed to introduce himself to Joe Looney, but not seeing Zack Martin to his right on Thanksgiving against the Los Angeles Chargers threw off the Dallas Cowboys’ All-Pro center a little.

“It is bizarre,” Frederick said, noting changes the past few years at left guard including Ronald Leary, La’el Collins, Chaz Green and Jonathan Cooper. “But having somebody that’s been a stalwart not there, it’s interesting to say the least.”

Since 2014 when the Cowboys drafted Martin in the first round, they have been on the field together for 3,813 of 3,866 snaps over the past four seasons. Forty-seven of the snaps have come this season.

Martin suffered a concussion in the second quarter against the Chargers and did not return, playing 20 of 55 offensive snaps before being replaced by Looney. With a big lead against the San Francisco 49ers, Martin played in 63 of the 75 offensive snaps.

He had a helmet-to-helmet collision while pulling on a Rod Smith run. He briefly took a knee to gather himself but made it back to the huddle and played the next four snaps.

“I knew something wasn’t right, but I didn’t know what it was,” Frederick said. “He was kind of late to coming back to the huddle and usually he’s a quick guy back to the huddle. I said, ‘Are you OK?’ I didn’t see what happened, so I didn’t know and he said, ‘Yeah, I’m good,’ and he went forward. I didn’t think anything of it on the sideline.”

With the Chargers in possession, Martin went through the concussion testing and eventually went back to the locker room before being ruled out.

The good news for Frederick — and the Cowboys — Martin went through a limited portion of Monday’s practice, which is a sign he will be available Thursday against the Washington Redskins.

He has not missed a game in his career.

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The Dallas Cowboys’ season is in complete free fall.

Everything needs to be questioned following their 28-6 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday.

Has Jason Garrett lost his team, and will it cost him his job a season after he led the Cowboys to the best record in the NFC? If he continues as the coach, are there significant changes to come for a coaching staff that has seen its past three opponents outscore the Cowboys 72-6 in the second half?

Is Dak Prescott, who followed his first three-interception game with another two interceptions after having just four picks in 2016, really the quarterback of the future? Is Dez Bryant in his final days with the Cowboys?

One question doesn’t need to be asked: Jerry Jones will not replace himself as general manager.

A season that started with Super Bowl aspirations has dissolved into a 5-6 mess in which the Cowboys can be thankful for only that the New York Giants have been worse, at 2-8.

If there is any shred of good news, it is that the Cowboys actually scored a touchdown. It came with 12:48 to play when Rod Smith crossed the goal line for the first touchdown in 27 possessions dating to the first quarter of the Nov. 12 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

But the offense could not get out of its own way, even with the return of Tyron Smith from a groin strain. Smith was flagged for holding on what would have been a 34-yard touchdown run by Prescott in the third quarter. On the next play, Prescott was under pressure and had to throw the ball away. With 7:41 to play, Prescott had an interception returned 90 yards for a Los Angeles touchdown. It was the fourth Prescott turnover of the season to be returned for a touchdown.

But before people lay the blame at the feet of an Ezekiel Elliott-less offense, the defense did its best to make sure it got its share of blame.

For the third straight game, the defense had no answers in the second half. Philip Rivers, who threw for 416 yards and three touchdowns, led the Chargers on touchdown drives of 77, 92 and 75 yards. Los Angeles had eight passes of at least 20 yards in the game.

On the Chargers’ fourth possession of the second half, they took mercy on the Cowboys, taking a knee at the Dallas 3 in the final two minutes. In the second half of the past three games, the Cowboys have allowed scores on nine of 14 possessions.

This is how bad things have gotten for the Cowboys:

  • This is the first time the Cowboys have been held to fewer than 10 points in three straight games in franchise history, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
  • This is the third time they have had four losses of 20 or more points since Jerry Jones purchased the team in 1989.
  • This is the first time since 2004 that the Cowboys have had three straight losses by at least 20 points. The Bill Parcells Cowboys lost to the Cincinnati Bengals (26-3), Philadelphia Eagles (49-21) and Baltimore Ravens (30-10) on their way to a 6-10 finish. The only other time the Cowboys had three straight losses by at least 20 points came in 1960, the first year of the organization’s existence.

With five games left to play, everybody might be coaching for a job, here or elsewhere.

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Darren McFadden found out he would be inactive for last Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles just about the same time as everybody else, a few hours before kickoff.

“Surprised the hell out of me,” McFadden said. “But that’s what they decided, man. That’s just what it is right now.”

The Cowboys opted to carry two tailbacks, Alfred Morris and Rod Smith, against the Eagles because they need extra help on special teams. McFadden’s only contribution on special teams is on the kick return team.

McFadden was inactive for the first eight games of the season, but when Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension started, it was expected he would be part of a running back committee with Morris and Smith. He carried one time for minus-2 yards in the loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

McFadden has gone through two straight lost seasons after leading the Cowboys and finishing fourth in the NFL in rushing with 1,089 yards in 2015. He missed the first 13 games last season because of a broken elbow suffered in the offseason and he has dressed for one game this season.

The inactivity has him thinking about his future. He is set to be a free agent after the season.

“When the offseason gets here I’ll sit down and think about it, said McFadden, who is in his 10th season. “Try to get away from the game for a little while and just make a decision from there.”

With a short turnaround this week and health issues at linebacker (Sean Lee, Anthony Hitchens) there is a possibility McFadden could be inactive Thursday against the Los Angeles Chargers.

“It’s very frustrating,” McFadden said, “but at the end of the day they make their decisions, and I can’t do nothing but roll with them.”

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The Dallas Cowboys know they won’t have Ezekiel Elliott against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.The Cowboys have been preparing for this moment all season. On Aug. 11, the NFL made its initial announcement that Elliott would be suspended for six games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

A week ago at this time, the Cowboys thought they wouldn’t have Elliott against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Now they know they will not have him against the Falcons. It is possible he could play sooner than six games from now, depending on more legal maneuverings, but that is for another time.

Come Sunday, the Cowboys will rely on Alfred Morris, Rod Smith and Darren McFadden to do what Elliott has done essentially by himself this season.

Elliott has 191 carries for 783 yards and seven rushing touchdowns this season. Morris and Smith have combined for 24 carries for 184 yards on the season. Morris played in one snap against the Chiefs and gained 11 yards. Smith did not have a carry.

Ever since it became a possibility the Cowboys would need to rely on a running back or three not named Elliott, the coaches and players have expressed confidence in Morris, Smith and McFadden.

Morris has three 1,000-yard seasons to his credit and two Pro Bowl appearances. McFadden finished as the league’s fourth-leading rusher in 2015 when he ran for 1,089 yards. Smith is the most unknown, but could be the running back that ends up getting the most work in Elliott’s absence.

Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said Thursday not much changes with the Cowboys’ running game plan without Elliott. He can say that because of an offensive line that boasts three All-Pro selections: Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin.

Smith, however, has not practiced this week because of a groin injury, and he is iffy at best to play Sunday. Dez Bryant said he expects to play against the Falcons after not practicing the last two days because of ankle and knee injuries, but it might not be his call.

So a Cowboys offense that has been rolling the past five weeks — they have scored at least 28 points in each game — won’t have Elliott, might not have Smith and could have a banged-up Bryant.

Dak Prescott has played better in his second year than he did in his first, but he has not played a full game without Elliott in his career. That will be different no matter what the coaches say.

Without Elliott, defenses will not have to use an extra defender to slow the run, unless the Cowboys can prove their running game can have the same impact with Morris, Smith and McFadden. Without Elliott, Prescott will see tighter windows in which to throw. Without Elliott, the receivers will see extra attention.

Through it all, the Cowboys believe they will be able to move the ball. Most of McFadden’s 1,089 yards came without Tony Romo at quarterback in 2015. He had Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel and Kellen Moore at quarterback and still piled up 100-yard games.

It is possible for the Cowboys to still find success, but they will find their margin for error a little slimmer without Elliott going forward.

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The Dallas Cowboys will have to learn what life is like without running back Ezekiel Elliott.

U.S. District Court Judge Katherine Failla declined Elliott’s request for a preliminary injunction on Monday that would have prevented the NFL’s six-game suspension for violating the personal conduct policy, which means he will be placed on the suspended list. Pending the results of an appeal, Elliott will not be able to return until Dec. 17 against the Oakland Raiders.

A Cowboys’ season that started to look and feel a lot like 2016 with the way Elliott had run the ball the past three games, may now become unpredictable.

The Cowboys have expressed faith in Elliott’s replacements: Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden and Rod Smith. But none can do what Elliott can. The Cowboys hope three of them can combine to replace Elliott’s production.

While the news is disappointing, it’s not as if the Cowboys were unprepared for the possibility.

“The way we’ve constructed our roster has taken his situation into account. We have some veteran running backs,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We have some depth at that position. It’s not like we’re just living this day and we don’t think about the future at all. You have to do that. I think you build your team that way at all positions. If this guy is not able to play, who’s your backup? Who can go in? We try to do that with our offensive line, receivers, running backs, all throughout our defense. That’s the way you construct your team, and you’re always thinking about those scenarios. We’ll take it one day at a time and we’ll see what his situation is. Regardless, we’re going to go forward and try to play our best football.”

Morris has three 1,000-yard seasons to his credit but his last came in 2014. McFadden was fourth in the NFL in rushing in 2015 with the Cowboys, but he has been inactive for every game this season. Smith has shown some promise but has 74 yards rushing in his career.

If the Cowboys are to continue to succeed with the running game without Elliott, then it will be because of their offensive line.

Elliott had a difficult start to the season, although it wasn’t just him. The entire ground game was out of whack. Where there were creases a year ago, the Cowboys found defenders. Where there were big plays a year ago, the Cowboys found negative runs.

But in the fourth quarter of the loss to the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 8, it all changed. Elliott ran 13 times for 85 yards in the fourth quarter. Coming off the bye week, he ran 26 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers. He added two more touchdowns against the Redskins on Sunday despite Washington using eight- and nine-man fronts.

“We’re executing better,” All-Pro right guard Zack Martin said. “That’s really all that there is to it. We’re sticking on blocks and Zeke is running extremely hard.”