FRISCO, Texas – If Ezekiel Elliott is considering a holdout at the start of training camp, as outside reports have suggested in recent days, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett isn’t aware of it.
Asked if he expected Elliott to travel with the team to Oxnard, California on Thursday, Garrett said, “Yeah, we anticipate that. I’ve heard nothing different on that.”
Elliott, the NFL’s leading rusher two of the last three years, has two years remaining on his rookie contract. The Cowboys have stated their desire to sign Elliott to a long-term extension along with Pro Bowl teammates such as quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper, but a timetable for such a deal is uncertain.
Recent national reports have hinted at a possible holdout when camp opens later this week. The Cowboys’ first practice is scheduled for Saturday.
For Garrett, all indications at this point are his All-Pro back will be in camp on time.
“We’re just focused on our team and the guys who are going to be there,” Garrett said at Wednesday’s annual Cowboys Coaches Clinic for youth, middle and high school coaches, presented by Baylor Scott & White. “Zeke’s had a great offseason and certainly excited about what he can do for our football team.”