The Dallas Cowboys are currently in their first training camp without running back Ezekiel Elliott since 2015.
Elliott, whom the Cowboys drafted with the fourth overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, could still return to the Cowboys. But nothing is certain as the free agent running back continues to hunt for a deal that he feels represents his worth.
Still, there are apparently no hard feelings for Elliott in regard to his former teammates.
Cowboys running back Tony Pollard, speaking before Wednesday’s first training camp practice, revealed that Elliott texted him a message of good luck.
“Just telling all the running backs he knows we’ll handle business, take care of everything and just good luck,” Pollard said, according to Todd Archer of ESPN. “It means a lot with his situation, not being anywhere, but him still checking on us and making sure we’re all right.”
Pollard felt sympathy for Elliott’s current contract limbo.
“I know it’s frustrating for him [not being in a camp], especially with the way things are going now, but I know he’s a tough guy mentally and physically,” Pollard said, “so I’m pretty sure he’ll find a way to battle through it.”
Elliott, currently a free agent, can sign with any team at any point in the season. It’s hard to envision that we’ve seen the last of him in the NFL.