Listening to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones speak, it seems that star running back Ezekiel Elliott is a near-lock to miss Week 1 against the Giants -- and maybe beyond.
"I'm operating as though right now he's going to miss regular-season games," Jones said on Thursday, according to the Cowboys' official website. "My entire expectation for what we're putting together as a team right now would anticipate with him holding out and not having any training camp that he's going to miss games. I just accept that."
Elliott has been holding out all preseason as he seeks a new contract.
"Zeke knows full well how valuable he is to our team," Jones said. "But he also knows because there's been a lot of games when he didn't play that he wants us to win if he's not playing. And we've got to be ready to win if he's not playing."
Elliott was an absolute beast in 2018, rushing 304 times for 1,434 yards and reeling in 77 passes for another 567 yards.
Needless to say, the Giants would be catching a huge break if they avoid having to face Elliott when they line up against the Cowboys in Dallas on Sept. 8.
If Elliott's holdout lasts even further into the season, it could potentially impact the second Giants/Cowboys game this season, scheduled for Nov. 4 at MetLife Stadium.