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Jason Garrett: Ezekiel Elliott ‘engaged’ ahead of first practice after suspension

Ezekiel Elliott on Wednesday will participate in his first practice with the Dallas Cowboys since November following a six-game suspension. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett observed the second-year running back “seems fine” and ready to return.

“Yeah, just think he seems fine,” Garrett said moments before players took the practice field, via The Dallas Morning News. “It looks like he’s in good shape. He seems mentally into it, engaged and just fell right back in with his teammates in meetings and walkthrough.

“We anticipate him just going through a normal practice.”

Elliott kept himself in remarkably great shape during his suspension and clearly is excited about returning to the team.

“It’s been great, finally being able to come back and enjoy my guys and getting back to football,” Elliott said Tuesday, via the team’s official site. “They did a good job keeping us in it while I was gone, and I’m just here to help the best way I can to make sure we can get a chance to make it in the playoffs.”

The Cowboys (8-6) must win their final two games and have a lot of things go their way to qualify for the postseason. That said, Elliott’s return to no surprise has been warmly greeted by the Cowboys. Garrett spoke to what Elliott’s presence means to the team.

“He’s obviously a really good football player and a big part of that is the mentality that he brings,” Garrett said. “And he brings it every day whether it’s a walkthrough, a practice or on Sunday for three hours.

“He just plays with the right demeanor. He loves to play football. He loves working at it and again excited to have him back.”