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When the Cowboys learned on Friday that Ezekiel Elliott was suspended for the first six games of the 2017 NFL season for violating the personal conduct policy, they had to be stunned, given Jerry Jones didn't think his star runningback wouldbe suspended at all.That doesn't mean Dallas isn't prepared to handle Elliot's absence and can't overcome it. There's really no team in the league better equipped to lose its bell cow. Him not playing for a while may end up working out well for its NFC title chances. The Cowboyscan both handle a favorable early schedule without him, and just gotforced intobetter managinghis touches in his second season.MORE: Fans unhappy with NFL's decision to suspend Game Darqueze Dennard Black Jersey ElliottElliott stepped into a ma sive workload during his rookie season. In winning the NFL's rushing title with 1,631 yards, he also had an NFL-high 322 carries, ama sed in 15 games.Only three otherbacks hit 290. Including his one playoff game, Elliott averaged 21.5 rushing attempts per contest. Throw in his 33 receptions, and it was 23.6 touches every time he stepped onto field.Heading into 2017, the Cowboys gaveevery indication they were OK with making Elliot a high-volume ballcarrier once again, adding thatthey intendedtomakehima much bigger factor in the pa sing game, a la David Johnson and Le'Veon Bell. Yes, even with his Elliott's ma siveproduction, they thought he was underutilized.But with any back, there's the danger of running him into the ground too soon. Elliott did very well extending himself from his typical Ohio State schedule, but there can be a bit of a wall after a full NFL offseason.There's Mens AJ Green Elite Jersey no doubt.Even with the a set of the Cowboys' stellar offensive line, Elliott's skill set was an upgraded Dallasbackfield last season, making him worthy of the No. 4 overall pick. His 5.1 yards per carry proved that.DIAMOND: Le'Veon Bell's holdout not a real problemBut consider when this kind of Cowboysblocking emerged in 2013and 2014, when DeMarco Murray averaged 4.9 yards per carry. Darren McFadden averaged 4.6 in 2015, and had 40 receptions, more than Elliott's 32 last season.Even though McFadden mi sed most of 2017with an arm injury and is set to turn 30 later this month, he was a no-brainer re-signingin March. On a team full of big-money contracts, the $980,000 they spent to retain McFadden now looks fortuitous.McFadden wasn't much of a finisher in 2015, scoring just three touchdowns, while Elliott cruised to 15 last season. But as McFadden compensates for the receiving of both Elliott and Lance Dunbar (now with the Rams), there's Alfred Morris once a double-digit TD guyin Washington and quarterback Dak Prescott who rushed for four as a rookie to help the scoring part of the equation.That will all play out during the first month and a half of the season, which includes a Week 6 bye. The Cowboys have a tough regular-season opener vs. the Giants the NFC Eastrival they lost to twice with Elliott and also have a divisional playoff rematch against the Packers in Week 5. But A.J. Green Jersey those are the only two playoff opponents in the first six games.MORE: Dolphins coach Adam Gase a suming ma sive risk with Jay CutlerThe Broncos, Cardinals, Rams and 49ers are very beatable in the other four contests without Elliott. When Elliott comes back after a presumed Cowboyswin at San Francisco, he'll be ready to go full speed with a full load for the final 10 games.In that closing stretch, the Cowboys face fiveplayoff teams:the Chiefs, Falcons, Giants (again), Raiders andSeahawks. The Chargers will contend for an AFC wild-card this season, and nothing is a gimme in the two games each with the Redskins and Eagles.That's when the Dallaswillneed Elliott most and itwill have him.Although Elliott did have a good playoff debut against the Packers last season (22 carries for 125 yards), that was an average all-around game by his standards. When he comes Limited Jeremy Hill Black Jersey back, he'll be refreshed and ready to handle anything the Cowboys want to give him as a runner and receiver.The Cowboys'absolute me s at quarterbackwithout a healthy Tony Romo was the reason they went into the tank when featuring McFadden in 2015in the wake of Murray's departure.IYER: Mike Glennon's Bear's debut is just what Mitchell Trubisky neededThat's not the case anymore with Prescott. As muchfun it is to think Elliott's presence was the biggest reason for Prescott's succe s as a rookie, you can't discount the factthat Prescott's ability to push the ball downfield and mobility facilitated Elliott plentyas well.With the Cowboys still running the ball at a nice clip, there's no reason to think Prescott will lose much efficiency. He should do some of the same things to boost McFadden and Morris too only, he'll get the credit he deserves for it.The Cowboys should get a little more aggre sive with the pa sing game, and that will only help Prescott find another gear to avoid a sophomore slump.As a 39-yard-old quarterback last season, there's no doubt Tom Brady benefited from a month "off" thanks to Deflategate Joe Mixon Jersey . He came back rejuvenated, all the way through leading the epic winning comeback in the Super Bowl.It might not seem like Elliott, who just turned 22,needs that kind of break he certainly doesn't want it. But that's also the ticket to keep him running ahead of everyone, especially some worn-down defenses in the second half of the season.Elliott's suspension is a much more devastating blow to fantasy football players everywhere than in reality for the Cowboys.They will deal well with not having Elliott early, because they can soon warm up to the bright side thathe'll come back in better position to help them finish where they want to later.

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