Ezekiel Elliott seemed to be far from Jerry Jones’ mind on Saturday.
The Cowboys owner joked following his team’s 14-10 victory over the Rams, and running back Tony Pollard was a popular topic of discussion.
Pollard finished with 42 yards on five carries and one touchdown.
After the game, reporters posed the question: Will Pollard be the best negotiator when it comes to working out a new contract with Elliott?
“Who? Now Zeke who?,” Jones said, via The Dallas Morning News.
Jones’ jokes didn’t stop there. He then motioned to a camera and sent Elliott a message.
“We’re having some fun, not at your expense,” he said.
The absent Elliott returned to Texas late this week after his holdout-turned-personal training session in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
He is still in the middle of a contract dispute with the team and has not yet reported to the Cowboys’ training camp.
Elliott will not return to the team without a new deal, an ESPN report noted, citing a source close to the situation. He has one year left on his rookie contract as well as a fifth-year team option.
The same report added it is unlikely Elliott will hold out into the regular season.
Dallas opens its season Sept. 8 against the Giants.