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Jason Garrett’s advice to Ezkiel Elliott: ‘Control what you can control’

Ezekiel Elliott has started serving his six-game suspension after exhausting nearly every legal option available and losing out to the NFL in court. Now with the protracted legal fight at its end, what advice did Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett have for the second-year running back?

“I spoke with him after the game,” Garrett said of his last conversation with Elliott following last Sunday’s victory over the Washington Redskins, via The Dallas Morning News. “He was not going to come back on the flight with us. He went to New York. That was the last time I spoke to him. The message I share with him all along is control what you can control.”

Elliott is eligible to return to the Cowboys for the team’s game against the Oakland Raiders on Dec. 17. Garret was asked if the Cowboys prepared anything for Elliott to instruct him on how to keep himself in shape during his suspension.

He will handle that,” Garrett said. “He understands what the restrictions are and how he can’t have contact with us or interact with us or certainly come to the facility.

“He understands the responsibilities he has when he gets back. He’s going to get his mind right, get his body right for that opportunity.”

Garrett in his most recent comments took a more tactful approach than Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who on Tuesday argued Elliott’s suspension was an “over-correction” by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell over the public relations disaster of the Ray Rice saga.

All that aside, the Cowboys will confront a formidable task in playing its next six games without their bell cow running back. Games against the Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Chargers, Washington Redskins and New York Giants are on the docket during Elliott’s suspension. The Cowboys (4-3) have to hope they can keep pace with the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles (7-1) while waiting for Elliott to return.