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Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott returns to practice field

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As expected, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott returned to the practice field Tuesday.

NFL Media's Jane Slater reported that the rookie is participating in individual drills after dealing with a hamstring tweak.

Video evidence of Elliott in pads:

The No. 4 overall pick had tweaked his hamstring two weeks ago. The Cowboys planned to take it slowly with their stud rookie runner.

Elliott took part in some walk-throughs, but after missing the team's first preseason game, getting him back on the practice field in pads is a positive step.

After practice, Elliott told reporters he expects to back on the field next week "full speed."

"I've never had a hamstring problem before, so this my first one," Elliott said. "I didn't feel it pop or pull or anything. I just felt it strain, kind of tighten up and that's why I decided to slow it down because it's really not worth it going out there and hurting it even more."

More Elliott cutting:

Expect the Cowboys to play it safe with their top pick, especially given that hamstrings can be a nagging, persistent injury if not fully healed. We certainly plan to see Elliott on the field Week 1.

When finally healed, Elliott has the talent to be a three-down workhorse back behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL and the focal point of Dallas' offense.

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