Sunday was not a great day on the field for Ezekiel Elliott. He was limited to a career-low 8 rushing yards on 9 attempts, the Dallas Cowboys got blown out by the Denver Broncos and the former Ohio State running back is facing criticism for giving up on a play.
With his team behind 28-10 in the third quarter, Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott was intercepted by Chris Harris. Out on a route, Elliott was a few yards away from Harris when he made the interception. But instead of pursuing Harris to bring him down, Elliott just slowly walked in the opposite direction.
Mr. Team Player, Zeke Elliott.
What a turd. pic.twitter.com/0bdTxbq6b3
— Due# (@JDue51) September 17, 2017
Elliott was called out for the play by Sports Illustrated’s Peter King.
“Owner Jerry Jones should back his coach 100 percent when Garrett does discipline Elliott. And if Garrett does not, then there’s something seriously wrong in Dallas,” King wrote.
“It’s one thing to be frustrated. It’s another thing to quit. Elliott is a good football player who quit on a play. Don’t sugarcoat it. He quit on a play in the middle of a game that was still a game. And he should not be allowed to get away with it.”
Elliott was originally supposed to be suspended for the first six games of the 2017 season after the NFL wrapped up an investigation into domestic abuse allegations against Elliott. However, he is allowed to play as he appeals the ruling.