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Ezekiel Elliott listed as doubtful for Week 8 vs. Bears

We break down the news that Ezekiel Elliott has a knee injury. What it means for Week 8 and beyond.

Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys runs with the ball against the Detroit Lions during the first half at AT&T Stadium on October 23, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Saturday update: With Zeke doubtful to play in Week 8, the Cowboys have elevated RB Malik Davis from the practice squad to the active roster. There’s a chance Davis is involved with the only other back being Pollard. Kavontae Turpin could also see some carries.

Friday PM update: Elliott is listed as doubtful and will sit this week out barring a miracle. Tony Pollard will get the start and should be starting in your fantasy leagues.

Friday update: There is a chance that Elliott plays on Sunday. Of course, with the bye coming next week, the team would likely err on the side of caution and sit him.

And this from beat reporter Clarence Hill is the more likely of the two scenarios:

Thursday update: Elliott won’t practice again on Thursday, staying on track to miss this week’s game with a knee injury.

Wednesday PM Update: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Elliott is dealing with a torn MCL and a thigh bruise. While we don’t know the full extent of his injuries yet, it seems like he will be unlikely to play this week against the Bears. Dallas has their bye week next week so they are hopeful Elliott could miss just one game and then return in Week 10 against the Green Bay Packers.

The Dallas Cowboys will host the Chicago Bears in Week 8 of the NFL season. Dallas is off to a 5-2 record, yet still sit in third place of the NFC East. They were able to get quarterback Dak Prescott back from injury last week, but it seems like the injury report will still have some key names on it in this week. Running back Ezekiel Elliott is not practicing on Wednesday and is dealing with a knee injury. It is classified as a knee sprain, but Elliott labeled his injury as a knee contusion from the impact of the hit.

Fantasy football implications for Week 8

If Elliott is active for the game, you will start him. He has 109 attempts for 443 yards and four touchdowns on the ground this season. Elliott has added six receptions on eight targets for an additional 32 yards through the air. The Bears’ defense is giving up the sixth-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs giving Elliott a great matchup.

If Elliott is inactive, you don't have to look far for his replacement. Tony Pollard would be in line for a huge workload in the run game. He heads into this week with 67 rushes for 375 yards and two touchdowns, and 11 receptions on 18 targets for an additional 105 yards. Third-string running back Rico Dowdle would likely be the backup for the game if Elliot sits, but doesn't deserve a starting spot in a fantasy lineup.