Tony Pollard’s status has been updated by the Cowboys following his absence from practice.


Tony Pollard, the Dallas Cowboys’ running back, was absent from practice on Thursday due to “personal reasons,” according to team sources. ”

Pollard was listed as a non-injury-related ‘DNP’ (Did Not Practice) on the Cowboys’ Week 4 practice report.

Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News confirmed via a source close to Pollard that the third-year running back is “good,” and that he is unlikely to miss Sunday’s game against the 3-0 Carolina Panthers.

“Confirmation: Cowboys RB Tony Pollard was listed as missing practice due to personal reasons on the injury report. “It has nothing to do with an injury,” Gehlken said on Twitter. Todd Archer of ESPN echoed this sentiment.

“Tony Pollard was unable to attend practice on Thursday due to personal reasons. It has nothing to do with an injury. “Don’t worry about it,” Archer said on Twitter.

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. Pollard Taking the League by Storm

A 2019 fourth-round pick, Pollard has been highly impressive as the backup to Ezekiel Elliott — so impressive, in fact, that many are questioning whether the former should replace the latter as the starting running back.

In three games, Pollard has rushed for 183 yards and one touchdown on 27 carries, with a yards-per-carry average of 6. 8) is dwarfed by Elliott’s (4.5). Pollard is averaging 7.25 points per game. According to Pro Football Focus, he has the second-best first-down yardage in the NFL, with 41% of his totes resulting in a first down or touchdown, the highest rate among all running backs.

In Monday’s 41-21 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, Pollard (60) and Elliott (95) combined for 155 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. The thunder-and-lightning duo wore down Philadelphia’s stalwart defensive line, delivering body punches that led to knockout blows from quarterback Dak Prescott, who hung three passing touchdowns in the 41-21 thrashing. According to Inside The Star, Elliott said after the game, “You can definitely tell.” “You can tell because the offensive line is pushing everyone back five yards..” You can tell when we’re about to hurry up because they’re still cramping on the ground. They were definitely aware of our presence. ”

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Dallas Clears Path for WR to Join Active Roster

After starting the season on injured reserve, wide receiver Malik Turner was designated for return on Thursday, allowing him to practice for the first time in 21 days. Turner can reclaim his spot on the 53-man roster at any time during that time frame.

The Cowboys claimed the 27-year-old former undrafted free agent off waivers in September 2020, and he appeared in six regular-season games without catching a pass. Turner would be the No. 6 wide receiver if activated, behind Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Cedrick Wilson, Noah Brown, and Simi Fehoko. It’s possible that Turner’s impending return is linked to the status of starting wide receiver Michael Gallup, who suffered a calf injury in Dallas’ Week 1 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gallup could miss the rest of the season due to the injury, which has a 3-5 week recovery timetable. New England hosts a 17-game road series.

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