Ezekiel Elliott Dec 4, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) celebrates a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 54-19, on Sunday Night Football.

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott did not start the game and did not enter the contest until midway through the second possession. While some fans speculated it was to give more tread to backup running back Troy Pollard, it was actually due to the Cowboys disciplining Elliott for an unspecified team violation.

“Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott didn’t start for first time in his career. Jerry Jones said it was due to a discipline issue,” Jori Epstein tweeted before adding further context:

“Followed up with Jerry for more context here. No off-field behavior or major issues per Jerry. Phone going off in meeting type of issue, he said. Jerry also emphasized this is “not a demotion,” Epstein added.

The NFL world was quick to react to the news:



“Why ask a question you already know?” asked one fan. “Pollard is RB1 and Zeke is RB2. It doesn’t matter who gets the first snap but rather the most touches.”

“Pollard been absolutely balling but it took a phone going off for him to lose his starting job,” observed one Cowboys fan.

“Sometimes you wish Jerry would not talk so much….” said one fan.

“If it wasn’t a major issue then maybe keep it in-house. Knowing Jerry, there is a reason why he’s bringing this up,” said one fan.

“Cowboys players pretty strong not willing to comment on this in locker room, saying it’s ‘in house’ and ‘nothing.'” Epstein added.

The Cowboys are next in action Dec. 11th when they host the Houston Texans.

[Jori Epstein]