Published 7:25 p.m. ET Nov. 10, 2017
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Alfred Morris struck the identical defiant tone from the final time the Dallas operating again was getting ready to interchange suspended star Ezekiel Elliott.
Roughly the identical reply, too, heading into Sunday’s sport at Atlanta.
“I’ve treated every single day like I have the past six years,” Morris mentioned Friday , a day after a court docket rejected Elliott’s newest bid to delay a six-game suspension over alleged home violence. “Nothing changes for me. It’s just, ‘OK, it’s another start. OK. It’s fine.’ The ups and downs, they really didn’t matter to me.”
Early final week, Morris thought he would get his first begin since 2015 rather than Elliott earlier than a choose granted an emergency request to place the suspension on maintain.
So Morris was the backup who acquired one carry whereas the NFL’s second-leading rusher had 93 yards and the go-ahead landing in a 28-17 win over Kansas City.
Early this week, Morris was behind Elliott once more till the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ended Elliott’s final hope to keep away from lacking video games.
So Morris confirmed up Friday because the obvious starter, though the Cowboys (5-Three) have not formally declared him as such in opposition to the Falcons. Dallas performs 4 video games earlier than Elliott’s subsequent listening to Dec. 1.
“I never know when I’m going to touch the field,” mentioned Morris, who had 70 of his 116 yards dashing this season on one carry in a loss to the Los Angeles Rams. “Sunday, I have a better idea at least how it’s going to start the game off. We’ll see how everything plays out. Of course I’m excited to get more snaps and more carries, get more opportunities to help my team win.”
Morris ran for 1,613 yards as a rookie with Washington in 2012. He was not the featured again for the Redskins when he selected the Cowboys in free company final 12 months, about two months earlier than Elliott was drafted fourth general and went on to guide the NFL in dashing as a rookie.
The 28-year-old Morris was a considerably stunning alternative because the backup when the season began as a result of Darren McFadden led Dallas in dashing in 2015. That was a 12 months after the Cowboys let 2014 dashing chief DeMarco Murray go in free company.
McFadden was inactive the primary eight video games — a primary for the 10th-year again who was the fourth general decide by Oakland eight years earlier than Elliott.
The Cowboys will now reply the query of whether or not they had McFadden in protected conserving whereas they waited for the Elliott suspension in a case that is been weaving via the courts for 2 months.
“It’s one of those things of people knew eventually something was going to happen with this situation,” mentioned McFadden, who had his second 1,000-yard season two years in the past. “It happened this week. For us, we’re going to come together as a team and just go out there and ball.”
Dallas additionally likes seldom-used Rod Smith, who secured a spot on the roster thanks partially to particular groups however may get an extended have a look at operating again if the Cowboys strive the committee method.
Whoever’s again there, the Cowboys nonetheless have one of many NFL’s greatest offensive traces with three first-round picks and three-time Pro Bowl selections in left deal with Tyron Smith, heart Travis Frederick and proper guard Zack Martin.
Smith did not observe all week and is questionable in opposition to the Falcons with again and groin accidents. Chaz Green would begin if Smith cannot play.
“We know as running backs what we can do,” McFadden mentioned. “The team’s been around us. They know what we can do out there. I don’t have to say much.”
It’s all the identical to Morris.
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