Cow­boys hang on against Raiders in pre­sea­son

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS -

AR­LING­TON, Texas — Ezekiel El­liott has made his pre­sea­son cameo.

Now the star Dal­las run­ning back waits to see if his reg­u­lar-sea­son de­but will be on hold un­til late Oc­to­ber.

El­liott had eight touches in 10 plays in his only se­ries of the ex­hi­bi­tion sea­son with a loom­ing six-game sus­pen­sion for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence be­fore un­drafted rookie Cooper Rush ral­lied the Cow­boys with two touch­down passes in a 24-20 win over the Oak­land Raiders on Satur­day night.

Oak­land (0-3) left tackle Don­ald Penn played 17 snaps over two se­ries just three days after end­ing his camp-long hold­out. The first se­ries cov­ered 10 plays and 81 yards, capped by Cor­dar­relle Patterson's 17-yard pass from Derek Carr, who also had a 48-yard scor­ing toss to Amari Cooper.

Carr was 13 of 17 for 144 yards be­fore EJ Manuel re­placed him late in the second quar­ter.

El­liott was held out of the first three pre­sea­son games even though he was healthy through­out train­ing camp. He is ap­peal­ing the NFL's con­clu­sion that he roughed up his girl­friend at the time a year ago in Ohio in a case that pros­e­cu­tors didn't pur­sue.

The 2016 NFL rush­ing leader will be ex­cused from the only two days of prac­tice next week to at­tend the ap­peal hear­ing Tues­day in New York, and won't play in the pre­sea­son fi­nale at Hous­ton. If the sus­pen­sion is up­held, El­liott's first pos­si­ble game is Oct. 29 against Wash­ing­ton.

El­liott had six car­ries for 18 yards and two catches for 2 yards on a drive to Dan Bai­ley's 42-yard field on Dal­las' open­ing se­ries. El­liott had about the same pre­sea­son work­load be­fore his stand­out rookie year, although he had a ham­string in­jury in camp.

Dak Prescott, last year's NFL Of­fen­sive Rookie of the Year, had yet another solid pre­sea­son out­ing. The Dal­las quar­ter­back was 11 of 14 for 113 yards, in­clud­ing a 10-yard touch­down to Ja­son Wit­ten.

The 15th-year tight end had six catches for 74 yards.

Trail­ing 20-10 in the fourth quar­ter, Rush had scor­ing tosses of 7 yards to Ronnie Hill­man and 44 yards to Lance Lenoir. Rush got the sec­ondteam nod over vet­eran Kellen Moore after three strong pre­sea­son show­ings. He was 12 of 13 for 115 yards and a 143.1 rat­ing.


Dal­las Cow­boys quar­ter­back Dak Prescott (4) throws a pass dur­ing warm ups be­fore a pre­sea­son NFL foot­ball game against the Oak­land Raiders on Satur­day in Ar­ling­ton, Texas.

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