SHERRINGTON: Los­ing Zeke may not be all that bad.

Bet­ter line play, smart play-call­ing would mit­i­gate his ab­sence

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Now that a fed­eral ap­peals court has f in­ally granted the NFL its big­gest wish, and Zeke El­liott will be in­el­i­gi­ble through Thanks­giv­ing, bar­ring fur­ther ap­peals, the only ques­tion left is whether we’ ll be able to tell the dif­fer­ence.

Be­cause it’s not likely his ab­sence would ruin the prospects of a team off to a 2-3 start.

First of all, if you thought it was go­ing to come to any con- clu­sion other than this, you haven’t been lis­ten­ing.

This is Roger Good­ell’s league, and he’s within his rights to en­force NFL rules. The NFL Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion has agreed to them, to its ev­er­last­ing re­gret.

Sooner or later, El­liott is go-

ing to sit out. Maybe not a full six games, but a con­sid­er­able sus­pen­sion, nonethe­less. This sea­son or next, an in­vol­un­tary hia­tus is as sure as Aaron Rodgers roar­ing down the Cow­boys’ throats.

Only a cou­ple of months ago, the prospects of life with­out Zeke struck fear in the hearts of Cow­boys fans dream­ing of Su­per Bowls for the first time in decades. And why not? They’d made a pretty nice run last sea­son be­hind a spec­tac­u­lar pair of rook­ies, the likes of which we hadn’t seen around here in gen­er­a­tions.

Ksh­er­ring­ton@dal­las­news.com

KEVIN SHERRINGTON

EZEKIEL EL­LIOTT

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