Ezekiel Elliott holdout: Marshall Faulk says Cowboys star's 'fitness is great'

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott wants contract extension this offseason, report says

Ezekiel Elliott has continued to train, despite continuing his holdout from the Cowboys.

The running back still is in Cabo San Lucas, where former NFL standout Marshall Faulk has been training with him to make sure he’s in prime physical shape for the start of the regular season.

However, Faulk admitted practicing away from the team has some setbacks that the two are working around.

“His fitness is great, but playing in games is different,” Faulk told ESPN. “My job is to close that gap with putting him in active game situations. The only thing we can’t simulate is the contact.”

Faulk has Elliott’s back when it comes to signing a new contract extension. When asked if Elliott expects to play this season, Faulk posed a question from Elliott’s standpoint.

“The question is are the Cowboys willing to have him miss games because they don’t believe he should be the highest-paid running back?” Faulk asked.

Last week, ESPN reported that the Cowboys offered Elliott a deal that would pay him more than Le’Veon Bell’s four-year, $52.5 million deal, but less than Todd Gurley’s four-year, $57.5 million deal.

It’s unclear if Elliott is weighing his options or if he intends to wait until he receives a contract that makes him the highest-paid running back. Both sides have less than two weeks to come to terms before the regular season starts.

Faulk, who has won NFL MVP honors, a Super Bowl and has earned seven Pro Bowl nods, and Elliott both are represented by agent Rocky Arceneaux.