Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott returns to practice field

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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