The Dallas Cowboys were prepared for running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension once the NFL closed its investigation.
Chief operating officer Stephen Jones told Dallas Cowboys Radio Network sideline reporter Kristi Scales on 105.3 The Fan Saturday the club has stocked up its roster in the event the league suspended Elliott.
“Obviously we knew that this was something that could happen,” Jones said. “We knew that the investigation was ongoing and whenever you prepare for a football team you prepare for injury. You prepare for things that are unexpected. And certainly we have done that and are comfortable with who we are on this football team.”
The club signed 25-year-old Ronnie Hillman in late July to shore up their running back corps once undrafted rookie Jahad Thomas was injured in the first week of training camp.
Jones expressed his confidence in Hillman, 30-year-old Darren McFadden, 28-year-old Alfred Morris, and even third-year pro Rod Smith.
“If we have to play with other running backs, we like the running backs on this team,” Jones said.
Jones also indicated the workload for Elliott will not change throughout the four preseason games due to his suspension.