flew back on Jerry Jones' private jet to be with his family members.
Elam was able to return back in time to depart with his teammates to Arizona and play against the Cardinals.
This week, Elam will likely miss both Thursday and Friday's practices but should be able to return by Saturday.
"It's tough right now," Elam said during the week. "But as a professional, you have to job to do and that's where my focus is right now. But it's going to be a tough week."
This season, Elam is tied for fourth on the defense with 54 tackles and is fifth on the team with four tackles for loss.
Second-year safety Barry Church worked with the first-team defense alongside Gerald Sensabaugh during Thursday's practice.