Dallas Cowboys release former Ohio State football RB Ezekiel Elliott after seven seasons

Colin Gay
The Columbus Dispatch

Ezekiel Elliott's era with the Dallas Cowboys is complete.

The former Ohio State running back was released at the start of the new league year after seven seasons with the team, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday.

Elliott's final snap with the Cowboys came as the team's center, snapping the ball to quarterback Dak Prescott in the final play of their NFC Divisional Round loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Elliott struggled for the Cowboys in 2022, recording career-low numbers in rushing yards (876), rush attempts (231) and rushing yards per game (58.4), finishing the season under four yards per rush for the first time in his NFL career.

Elliott did have his fourth season of 10 touchdowns or more in 2022, recording 12 in 15 games.

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Elliott, a three-time Pro Bowl player, led the league in rushing in 2016 and 2018, while also leading all NFL running backs in yards per game in his first three seasons with the Cowboys.

Elliott ends his seven-year tenure with the Cowboys as the organization's third-best career rusher behind Emmitt Smith and Tony Dorsett.

Elliott was the No. 4 overall pick of the Cowboys in the 2016 NFL draft after a storied three-season career at Ohio State.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott was drafted with the No. 4 pick in the 2016 draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

The 2015 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Elliott led the conference in rushing in 2015, recording 1,821 rushing yards on 289 carries — his second-straight season of 1,800 rushing yards or more.

From 2013-15, Elliott finished with 4,410 all-purpose yards, averaging 6.8 yards per touch, with 44 touchdowns.

Elliott's 3,961 are the third-most in an Ohio State career behind two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin and future Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins. 


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