Ezekiel Elliott, RB (DAL)

Could get time off to heal

Elliott could be held out to rest his knee injury, with possibilities including an absence from the upcoming Thursday game in New Orleans in Week 13, Ed Werder of ESPN reports.

Elliott has been managing the injury since early October and still managed at least 49 percent snap share and 13 touches in every game, including the past two weeks when he fell shy of double-digit carries (barely) for the first two times all year. It sounds like he's capable of playing through the injury but might benefit from rest, leaving the Cowboys in a tricky position as they prepare for the final six weeks of the regular season and a likely playoff run. If nothing else, they could give more of Elliott's snaps to backup Tony Pollard, who already has career highs for rushing and receiving yards. The Cowboys wouldn't sacrifice too much by holding Elliott out for a week or two (as long as Pollard stays healthy), but it remains to be seen what they'll do, and it ultimately may depend on how Elliott's knee feels from day to day or week to week.

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Jake Ferguson

TE | DAL

Back at practice

Ferguson returned to practice Monday after picking up a hamstring issue last Tuesday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Michael Gallup

Michael Gallup

WR | DAL

Working on agility

Gallup (knee) was spotted running and cutting on the side at Monday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott

RB | DAL

Likely won't play in preseason

Elliott isn't expected to suit up for any of the Cowboys' preseason games, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports. "This is my seventh year (in the NFL). I've seen a lot of football. I don't think I need a preseason game, especially with the joint practices (with the Broncos and Chargers)," Elliott said this week.

CeeDee Lamb

CeeDee Lamb

WR | DAL

Headed for increased volume

Lamb is the clear top option at wide receiver for the Cowboys this season, and quarterback Dak Prescott indicated Thursday he intends to look for the third-year player every chance he gets, Nick Eatman of the team's official website reports.

Tony Pollard

Tony Pollard

RB | DAL

Might get real look as receiver

Pollard could be used as more than just a receiving option out of the backfield, Patrik Walker of the Cowboys' official website reports. "He's not going to run just the RB route tree. He can go vertically and put defenders in tough spots as to how they wanna cover him," offensive coordinator Kellen Moore said Wednesday.

Noah Brown

Noah Brown

WR | DAL

No competition incoming

Brown will get an opportunity in training camp to prove the Cowboys don't need to bring in veteran help at wide receiver, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.