A court ruling this week allowed the NFL to reinstate Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game domestic violence suspension, and while Elliott and the NFLPA are fighting that ruling, there's a possibility that he will begin serving that suspension on Oct. 22 against the San Francisco 49ers.
If he misses time, backups Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden will be competing for his spot. Who will Dallas rely on to replace his production? Probably a combination of both, according to Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.
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[McFadden] hasn't been active the first five weeks so you'd think he'd be fresh and ready to make an immediate impact. He is a better blocker and receiver than Morris so it would make sense to have him on the field in passing situations. If Elliott is unable to play in San Francisco I'd lean towards Morris having more carries but I don't think it will be much more than McFadden. It could very well be that they allow both to run early and stick with the hot hand in the second half.
Morris has been Elliott's backup through the first five games of the season with McFadden being inactive for every game through the first five weeks of the season.
As such, it appears that Morris will probably serve as the starter with McFadden serving as the third-down, pass-catching back. But both will see a good deal of time on the field.
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Elliott has played in every game this season under a court-issued injunction, rushing for 393 yards and two touchdowns on 105 carries. Morris has eight carries for 87 yards this year.
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