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Garrett: Ezekiel Elliott could see snaps vs. Raiders


Will Cowboys fans get a peek at Ezekiel Elliott before the regular season?

Coach Jason Garrett addressed plans for the team's star running back on Tuesday, saying Elliott could see a workload of eight to 12 snaps in Saturday's regular-season dress rehearsal against the Oakland Raiders.

"I haven't made that decision. I just haven't had those discussions with him," Garrett said of Elliott, who faces a six-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy, a ban stemming from the NFL's year-long investigation into domestic violence accusations made against Elliott by Tiffany Thompson.

Elliott, 22, has denied the allegations and plans to appeal the ruling on Aug. 29 before league-appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson.

Facing unusual circumstances, Garrett doesn't plan to force the issue of playing Elliott in August.

"There are plenty of running backs in the league that don't play that much in the preseason," Garrett said. "... Those guys just seem to have a feel, they can get a feel for what they need to do in practice if the practice is competitive and they practice in the right environment, which we believe we do."

Said Garrett: "I do think Zeke playing in the game last year against Seattle (in Week 3 of the preseason) was good for him and good for our team. I think he played eight, 10, 12 plays in the game. If he plays, he'll play in a similar fashion."

It was critical to get Elliott live-game action as a rookie last summer. That need is less striking this time around, with the runner set to miss a massive chunk of the regular season if the ban sticks.

The far bigger question for Elliott and the Cowboys is whether or not his fate is altered come Aug. 29.


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