It would make sense for the Dallas Cowboys to rest running back Ezekiel Elliott Week 17 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
They were mathematically eliminated from the playoff picture after losing Week 16 to the Seattle Seahawks. The season-finale provides the Cowboys an opportunity for little more than one more chance to get a close look at their younger players.
However, Elliott is not in that category of young players. He is clearly one of the most dynamic players in the NFL. There is no reason for Elliott to suit up against the Eagles, but he badly wants to play.
“I only played nine games this season. I’m itching to play football,” Elliott said, via ESPN’s Todd Archer. “I don’t care if we’re playing for nothing, I’m playing for something. I’m playing for myself, we’re playing for each other, and so I’m excited to go out and play Sunday. I’m not going to have any problem waking up Sunday morning getting ready to play. You don’t have to worry about that from me, or from anyone on this team.”
Elliott missed six games this season due to suspension, so of course he wants to play. He won’t get to carry a football during game action again until September 2018.
It shows a love for the game, but the Cowboys should either sit him against the Eagles, or significantly limit his carries.