Skip to comments.Sources: Cowboys RB Tony Pollard broke leg, needs surgery
Posted on 01/23/2023 7:15:56 AM PST by Red Badger
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl running back Tony Pollard suffered a fractured left fibula Sunday that will require surgery, sources said.
Pollard suffered the injury with 1:24 left in the first half of the Cowboys' 19-12 divisional round loss to the San Francisco 49ers when he was rolled up after an 8-yard catch. Pollard needed help to the sideline and was wearing an Aircast on his left leg as he was carted to the X-ray room inside Levi's Stadium. He was subsequently ruled out for the game.
"That hurt," Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said. "Just a guy that brings so much to our offense, brings so much to our team. His energy. His energy on the sideline, in the huddle, the way he gets guys going. He's a special teammate, special player and obviously that one hurt. It hurt us. Wasn't able to create as many explosive plays as we planned, and I'm sure he would've been a big part of some of those had he not gotten hurt."
Without Pollard, the Cowboys were left to rely on Ezekiel Elliott and rookie Malik Davis. Elliott had not averaged 4 yards per carry in the previous five games and averaged a career-low 3.8 yards per carry this season, playing a good portion of the year with a knee brace to protect a sprained medial collateral ligament. Davis had 161 yards and a touchdown on 38 carries in the regular season.
Elliott had 10 carries for 26 yards Sunday, while Davis did not have a carry.
Pollard's injury could not have come at a worse time for the Cowboys or for him.
He is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March and had the best season of his career. In 16 regular-season games, Pollard had 1,007 yards on 193 carries. He scored 12 touchdowns this season, surpassing the total he had in his first three seasons. He was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career.
The Cowboys were banking on Pollard's speed against a San Francisco run defense that finished second against the run (77.2 yards per game). Before getting injured, he had six carries for 22 yards and two catches for 11 yards.
God forgive me, but my first thought was, why couldn’t it have been Ezekiel Elliott instead.
NFL Ping!............... 😒
I think that Mahomes sprain is going to be a factor against Cincy.
As Tony Romo said, you can play with ankle sprain on the day you get one, just on pure adrenaline, but most likely Mahomes will be on crutches most of the week.
Heard that, totally agree.
May be more than a ‘sprain’.................
I would feel bad for the Cowboy’s... Except that I don’t.
Jerry keeps spending, spending and spending... But the end result is always losing, losing and losing.
Owners don’t throw the ball, catch the ball or run the ball... But they do overpay people who can’t do any of those things very well either. The good news... He’s providing the NFL with former players like Romo... Who can talk very intelligently about a game that that they couldn’t play very intelligently.
“Purple and gold ‘til I’m dead and cold” Vikings fan here, but I hate seeing any player get hurt. When I saw the replay I was thinking about Joe Theisman. I’m thankful it wasn’t worse, and I hope his recovery is quick and complete.
If the Bengals play like they did yesterday they will easily beat the Chiefs and maybe win the SB.
They made Buffalo look awful.
Although at least I had the satisfaction of seeing Elliott getting pancaked on that last play.
I knew it was bad because they took him away on a cart soon after he made it to the blue tent on the sidelines. That told me it was bad enough to be a quick diagnosis.
Oh, well. Their season is over and he now has seven months to heal.
Buffalo looked like a HS team yesterday. The chiefs are favorites, If I were a betting man I’d take Cincy.
Well he needs to start spending, spending, spending on all of his illegitimate kids.
He’s a Free Agent. Assuming he heals, no way he comes back to Dallas.
That last play of the game was one of the weirdest alinement s I’ve ever seen. What were they thinking?
Burrow is now the best NFL Quarterback, IMHO.
That was Turpin....................
Someone said yesterday he'll soon be the highest paid as well.
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