The Dallas Cowboys will be without quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott this week after suffering a concussion in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Prescott was limited to three starts, and Elliott suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in Week 4.
But Prescott is expected to be ready for the start of the NFL season on Oct. 6 against the Philadelphia Eagles, with Elliott expected to miss two games and Prescott expected to start against the New Orleans Saints on Oct, 9.
Prescott and Elliott’s futures are still up in the air.
The Cowboys need Prescott to be on the field for Dallas’ first home game of the season against the Miami Dolphins on Oct., 20.
Dallas needs to win that game, and Prescott is a big part of that.
But it is not guaranteed that he will play that game.
The only way for Dallas to make a decision on Prescott is if he starts in the Dallas-Minnesota game.
If he does not play, Prescott will be placed on the physically unable to perform list, which would put him on injured reserve, which means he would not be able to play.
So that could lead to Prescott’s release, if he does indeed need to be released.
If Prescott does not start, Elliott will start in the game.
That game would be a home date against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and it is a huge game for Elliott.
Elliott has been the Cowboys’ best running back and is averaging over 100 yards per game this season.
Elliott was a top-10 back in fantasy football last season.
If Elliott is sidelined, Prescott would be the clear No. 2 running back for the Cowboys, and he would have the chance to have the best fantasy start of any running back in the NFL.
The question is: How much longer will Prescott play?
The Dallas offense is a little different than the Cowboys offense of years past, and there are some unknowns with Prescott and the Cowboys in the midst of a rebuilding project.
There are some questions about Prescott’s ability to play quarterback, too, with Dak still not on the roster and the team looking to find a way to win with Prescott in the lineup.
But he is the best running backs available.
Prescott has averaged over 300 yards per season since being drafted in the first round of the 2012 draft.
He is the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft.
Prescott also led the Cowboys to the playoffs in his rookie season and the 2015 season.
Prescott is averaging nearly 7 yards per carry this season and is the most consistent player in the Cowboys rushing attack, and his ability to score runs and make plays with his legs is a major factor in Dallas’ success.
He could be one of the top fantasy running backs this season if he can stay healthy.
Prescott’s injury history is not great, as he has only played in six games.
Prescott missed four games in 2016 because of a broken leg suffered in Week 6.
Prescott had missed eight games in 2015 after suffering back and ankle injuries.
Prescott played through those injuries and won a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys.
But injuries happen and can happen, and injuries hurt a team’s chances to make the playoffs.
But in his five seasons with the Cowboys Prescott has only missed two games, and those games have come against the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs.
Prescott finished his career with 4,894 yards rushing, 36 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
He has played in all but one game this year.
Prescott averaged 6.4 yards per attempt during the regular season, which ranked as the eighth-highest rate among all running backs in the league, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
He was also one of only five players in the history of the league to average more than 8 yards per rush in each of his final five seasons, according and Pro Football Focus.
Prescott will also need to get back on the right track after a rough season in 2016.
He finished the year with 5.9 sacks, 29 quarterback hits and 16 passes defensed.
Prescott did not play well in the final month of the regular calendar year, as the Cowboys went 3-13 in December.
The playoffs are always unpredictable and it’s not known what will happen in the postseason.
But the Cowboys could be looking to make some major moves this offseason.
They would have to start rebuilding if they want to get Prescott back on track, and they would also need a good start to their rebuild.
If they are to have success, Prescott needs to be healthy.
The Dallas backfield is very talented, but the offensive line has struggled this season with the emergence of right tackle Tyron Smith.
Smith was suspended for two games last season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
If Smith was to return to the Cowboys this season, it would help the Cowboys make some big additions to their backfield.
The No. 4 overall pick of the 2016 draft, Dallas drafted quarterback Dak Whisenhunt, and the No 10 overall pick, Dak Prescott, was the Cowboys best player in 2016 after he was selected No. 5 overall