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Jerry Jones provides update on ‘banged up’ Ezekiel Elliott

Jerry Jones admitted on Tuesday that Ezekiel Elliott is plagued by some bumps and bruises but insisted the minor injuries would not prevent the running back from playing in Week 5.

The Dallas Cowboys running back put up an outstanding performance in Sunday’s 26-24 victory over the Detroit Lions, rushing 25 times for 152 yards and adding four receptions for 88 yards with a touchdown.A report suggested Elliott dealt with knee bursitis and ankle soreness during the game.

Elliott conceded after the win that he’s a little beat up but downplayed the severity, saying it’s “nothing big, just little bruises.”

Jones echoed Elliott’s sentiments on Tuesday, saying Elliott is “banged up, but not to the extent” that it would prevent an appearance against the Houston Texans on Sunday night.

After averaging 16 rushes in Dallas’ 1-2 start, Elliott saw a lot more action in Sunday’s win. Jones addressed whether he envisions 25-plus carries to be the norm for Elliott going forward.

“I do want that kind of workload for him,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM], via SportsDay. “He’s healthy. He’s very physical. You take more when you’re contesting Zeke than you give out. In other words, he wins most of those physical confrontations. He wins them. That takes its toll on the defense. Not only that, it inspires his teammates. It inspires the team. Football is physical. We’ve got us a really outstanding player that plays football by its definition.

“Then he’s got the finesse and got the speed to make the plays. It’s just instinctive. So we should use him, yes. We’ve got him and we should use him and he should really make it possible for a lot of players around him to have some big plays as well.”

Elliott saw his production drop off during his second season in 2017 after an outstanding rookie campaign. Although appearing in only 10 games — primarily due to serving a six-game suspension — of course contributed to the decline. That said, if the Cowboys hope to use Sunday’s win as a springboard to turning things around on offense, feeding Elliott the ball is obviously a good start.