Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard was ruled out of the game during the Divisional Round showdown against the San Francisco 49ers. The running back suffered an ankle injury in the first half.
While the team is likely to be more concerned about the outcome of the game at the moment, there’s no denying the Pollard injury makes the conversation about his offseason prospects all the more interesting.
Per the FOX broadcast, Pollard’s injury was described as a high-ankle sprain. That means that if Dallas beats San Francisco (the game is tied at nine as of this writing), Pollard’s status would be up in the air.
#Cowboys RB Tony Pollard has been ruled out with an ankle injury described as a high-ankle sprain by the Fox broadcast. If Dallas advances, his availability would be in doubt.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 23, 2023
The NFL insider reported on Sunday morning that using the franchise tag on Tony Pollard is an option the Cowboys would consider.
Depending on how serious the injury is, it could have a huge impact on how Dallas approaches negotiations and potential decisions at the running back position. Pollard has undeniably been more efficient than Zeke all season long.
But Elliott’s contract is a tough one to handle and would result in $11 million in dead money if he’s released. That will possibly make the Cowboys interested in finding a way to keep Zeke even if it’s a money-driven decision.
If it’s just a high-ankle sprain, Pollard’s future might not be impacted as much as if the MRI comes back with bad news. But if it’s a fracture or something more serious than a sprain, things will get even muddier.
Update 10:20 p.m. Sunday: After the Cowboys’ loss to the 49ers, ESPN’s Todd Archer reported Tony Pollard suffered a fractured left fibula that will require surgery.
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