No Zeke for Cowboys' first camp practice

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The Dallas Cowboys appear intent on bringing an end to Ezekiel Elliott's holdout.

"He is ah. he's late".

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Jones said he "for sure" expects the team to reach a long-term contract extension with Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper. We get a chance to relax and get everything fine-tuned tonight. "We're a team, we're going to be together and I love the hell out of Zeke", Smith said. Now, to the question of whether or not Elliott is opting for holdout, Ian Rapoport reported he is considering it but has not decided yet.

"Our focus as a coaching staff and an organization is on the guys who are here", Garrett said.

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Even still, none of the Cowboys' other absentees hold quite so much stature as Elliott. The team kicked off its training camp activities with a State of the Union on the eve of it's first padded practice of 2019, scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

Unsurprisingly, the star running back wants to become the highest-paid player at his position.

Zeke would be fined $40,000 per day of training camp he misses. Elliott is owed $12,952,137 on the two remaining years of his rookie contract, according to Spotrac, but wants to ink a new contract sooner rather than later. He is the only tailback on the roster with a carry in a regular-season game (six carries, 16 yards).

At some point in the next month, Ezekiel Elliott is going to get his contract finalized and be out on the practice field with the Dallas Cowboys. There's a lot of stress that builds there when you're in the past year of your contract. We've got a lot of talent out there. Meanwhile, Elliott had a great season in 2018 contributing 304 rushing attempts, 1,434 rushing yards gained, and 6 rushing touchdowns. He is not now holding out, unlike teammate Ezekiel Elliott, which could help him a little more with convincing Dallas to offer him the money he is looking for.

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