OXNARD, CALIFORNIA (KLTV) - The Cowboys held their first press conference Friday since arriving in Oxnard for training camp.
During the afternoon press conference, leadership addressed Elliott’s absence among other topics. Owner Jerry Jones made his thoughts very clear on Elliott’s absence.
"He’s late. He is a non-report officially. All of the mechanisms are in place with the CBA, and structurally under the contract agreements if you are not where you need to be so he is late. "
Coach Jason Garrett explained the “next man up” mentality.
“The big thing we try to emphasize as a team to the coaching staff is that anytime a play isn’t available for whatever reason, a business situation or an injury it is an opportunity for someone else to show what they can do.”
And Stephen Jones, vice president of player personnel, had this to say:
“I think this is just part of what we are involved in the NFL over time. It used to be rookies, then before holdouts it was players without contract that couldn’t go anywhere.”
Zeke’s teammate is ready to talk about something other than his absence, though.
"Like I said, official camp is tomorrow, so tomorrow is when we’ll see who’s here and who’s ready to go. I’m not Ezekiel Elliott, but I’m here,” said Jaylon Smith, Cowboys linebacker.
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