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Cowboys name Ezekiel Elliott 2018 offensive MVP amid RB’s holdout

An awkward scene played out this week for the Dallas Cowboys during an event at AT&T Stadium, and it all had to do with an incredibly noticeable absence from the festivities.

The 2019 Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon was hosted by the team at their home stadium on Wednesday morning, where players past and present were honored with various awards.

Among the players receiving an award was Ezekiel Elliott, who was named the Cowboys’ offensive MVP for the 2018 season. Of course, Elliott is embroiled in a contentious contract dispute with the team and is staying away from the team amid a protracted holdout. To no surprise, Elliott was a no-show for the function.

The Dallas News reports that a video showcasing highlights from Elliott’s 2018 campaign were shown in place of a customary acceptance speech.

Meanwhile, on the holdout front, both sides have dug in and seem unwilling to budge from their respective stances. Elliott has made it clear that receiving a contract offer that would make him the highest-paid running back in the NFL is only thing that will guarantee his immediate return to the team.

The Cowboys, on the other hand, have held fast in the hope that Elliott blinks first.

The rhetoric between the parties has become increasingly heated as Elliott’s holdout drags on, and with the Cowboys’ final preseason game on Thursday night — not to mention its season opener on looming on Sept. 8 — time is running out on any possibility of the team having their 2018 second-team All-Pro in the backfield come Week 1.

It stands to reason that Elliott being named the Cowboys’ offensive MVP for the 2018 season — and not being in attendance — only added another level of awkwardness to an already unpleasant situation.