It’s been speculated about all throughout the week, but it’s as official as it can get hours before kickoff. Don’t count on seeing Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott against the Arizona Cardinals for the preseason’s “dress rehearsal.”
BREAKING NEWS, in case you didn't follow bread crumbs from last few days. Sources say Cowboys won't play QB Dak Prescott or RB Ezekiel Elliott this evening. That means Elliott won't play at all in preseason & Prescott's last game will be 22 days before opener against Carolina.— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) August 26, 2018
The Cowboys got a scare last Saturday night when Zack Martin went down with an injury against the Cincinnati Bengals. Thankfully he’s alright and his status for Week 1 doesn’t seem in jeopardy, but if the Cowboys were planning on playing their star quarterback and running back it looks like they could have been influenced by Martin and Travis Frederick missing this game.
No preseason action for Zeke against the Cardinals means that he won’t get any throughout the preseason at all. He has not played through two games and obviously isn’t going to in the final exhibition game against the Texans. His first taste of football against an opponent this season will come Week 1 on the road against the Carolina Panthers.
Sitting Dak and Zeke felt like an obvious move and one that many agree with. There is never universal agreement on anything so there will surely be those that oppose this move by Jason Garrett and his staff. Whatever the case, there will be no Dak and no Zeke on Sunday night.