Aug 13, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) looks on against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of a preseason game at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Cowboys restructure RB Ezekiel Elliott’s contract

The Dallas Cowboys restructured running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-year, $90 million contract to free up cap space ahead of the 2021 season, multiple media outlets reported Friday.

Per reports, the Cowboys converted $8.6 million of Elliott’s $9.6 million base salary this season to a signing bonus. The move clears $6.88 million in cap space.

Dallas now has approximately $12.6 million under the cap, per OverTheCap.com.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Elliott led the NFL in rushing yardage as a rookie in 2016 and again in 2018.

Last season, the 26-year-old finished with 979 yards and six touchdowns on 244 carries, and he added 52 catches for 338 yards and two scores.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) before the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ezekiel Elliott named in dog attack lawsuit

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been named in a lawsuit that claims one of his dogs attacked a pet resort worker in March, according to TMZ.

In the suit, Brandon Williams claims he was taking Elliott’s Rottweiler and two bulldogs out to relieve themselves when the Rottweiler attacked his arm and pulled him to the ground. Williams said he was “seriously injured” and needed stitches.

The lawsuit, which also names Bliss Pet Resort, is seeking between $250,000 and $1 million.

“Mr. Elliott and his representatives were very surprised to learn of Mr. Williams’ complaint, particularly given that Bliss Pet Spa indicated at the time of the incident that this was not uncommon and was being handled under standard spa protocol,” Frank Salzano, an attorney for Elliott, said in a statement to TMZ.

“Mr. Elliott will address this matter accordingly.”

Elliott, 25, was named in a separate lawsuit last year after his three dogs allegedly attacked a pool cleaner in March.

In May, Elliott was cited for three citations for animal-at-large after the three dogs were reported loose in his neighborhood and the Rottweiler bit two people.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Elliott led the NFL in rushing yardage as a rookie in 2016 and again in 2018. Last season, he finished with 979 yards and six touchdowns on 244 carries, and he added 52 catches for 338 yards and two scores.

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) celebrates after the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys RB Elliott (calf) out vs. 49ers

The Dallas Cowboys have listed running back Ezekiel Elliott as inactive due to a calf injury for Sunday’s home game against the San Francisco 49ers.

For Elliott, it’s the first time he has ever been held out of a game due to injury. The Cowboys had held him out of practice during the week but were hopeful he would be available.

Tony Pollard, who has rushed 75 times for 339 yards and two touchdowns this season, likely will get the bulk of the carries in Elliott’s place.

Elliott, 25, suffered the injury in a Week 13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and struggled the following week in a win over the Cincinnati Bengals, finishing with just 48 yards on 12 carries.

He missed six games due to suspension in 2017 and was held out of season finales in 2016 and 2018 as a precaution.

This season Elliott has 832 rushing yards and five touchdowns, but is sporting a career-worst 3.9 per-carry average.

The two-time NFL rushing champion has also experienced fumble issues this season, coughing the ball up six times as either a runner or receiver and losing five.

–Field Level Media