For Dak Prescott, it’s business as usual at the Cowboys’ training camp in Oxnard, California, despite the team making headlines mostly for Ezekiel Elliott’s absence.
Prescott said he’s been talking to Elliott in the week and a half the Cowboys have been training, but not to try and lure Elliott to report.
“Friendship is friendship and business is business,” Prescott said, via ESPN. “You don’t cross those.”
Elliott is in Day 10 of his holdout with rumors swirling that the negotiations have either stalled, are progressing or are somewhere in between. The running back has been training in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, as he holds out from camp in an effort to get a new contract extension.
Elliott also trained in Cabo during his six-game suspension in 2017, when he was barred from playing and practicing with the team.
“Obviously we miss the player that he is, but I know that he’s getting better,” Prescott said. “I know that he’s working on his game. He’s in shape. He’s going to make sure that he comes back and when he’s back on this team he’s a better player than before camp or before the spring. He’s a good friend. Obviously want him out here, but that’s business.”
Running backs coach Gary Brown also has talked to Elliott and said when he returns to the team, it won’t be a difficult transition to get him working with the offense.
“He’s doing what he needs to do and staying in great shape. I’m just looking forward to whenever he gets here. He’ll be ready to go,” Brown said.
“I’m sure it’s killing him a lot [not being at camp],” he added. “At the end of the day he’s a ballplayer. A lot of this negative stuff you hear about him in the news, that’s not who he is. He’s a really good guy, care about his teammates, and it’s killing him not being here.”
Elliott, 24, has two years left on his rookie contract, which will pay him $3.8 million this season and $9.1 million in 2020.