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Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott on knee injury: 'You're going to have to drag me off the field'

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Ezekiel Elliott’s right knee is “healing up and going in the right direction,” the Dallas Cowboys running back said on Wednesday afternoon.

Elliott, who said he’s been dealing with a right knee injury since Week 4, plans to play normally in their NFC East battle with the Washington Football Team on Sunday. 

“It’s football, you’re never going to be 100%. Might be 100% the first day of camp,” Elliott said, via ESPN. “It’s a tough game. But yeah, I take a lot of pride being out there.

“You’re going to have to drag me off the field.”

Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys
Ezekiel Elliott has been dealing with a knee injury since Week 4, but said Wednesday that it is "healing up and going in the right direction." (Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Elliott: ‘It is important’ to play through injury

While Elliott hasn’t stopped playing, his production has been significantly down in recent weeks.

Elliott has averaged just more than 40 rushing yards per contest over his past six games, and has only a pair of carries that went for more than 10 yards. He had 25 rushing yards in Dallas’ Thanksgiving Day loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, and 32 the week before against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Though the Cowboys’ run game has been an issue, running back Tony Pollard broke out for a 58-yard touchdown in Dallas' win against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday. It was Dallas' longest running touchdown since 2016.

The Cowboys (8-4) are in control of the NFC East headed into Sunday’s game in Washington. where they are 4-point favorites on BetMGM.

“I think it is important [to keep playing],” said Elliott, who was a full participant at practice Wednesday, via ESPN. “It’s late season, getting a little nicked up. Just have to fight through it and figure it out.”

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