Ezekiel Elliott needed just five words to respond to Dallas Cowboys reducing his workload

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FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott hasn’t asked for a workload reduction.

His coaches have indicated they’ll reduce his carries anyway.

“It’s just physics,” running backs coach Gary Brown said last week at rookie minicamp. “Year after year with that type of workload, eventually anyone’s going to slow down. We’re trying to preempt that and take care of him now.”

The Cowboys offense will continue to hinge on run-first principles under first-year coordinator Kellen Moore. Moore wants to instill more versatility, but still play to Dallas’ strength of Elliott, a powerful offensive line and a dual-threat quarterback in Dak Prescott. Coaches plan for rookie Tony Pollard, their fourth-round selection out of Memphis, to play beside Elliott and spell the all-pro talent more than backups did his first three seasons. The goal: Keep Elliott fresh for December, January and “February if we get to the Super Bowl,” Brown said.

Elliott doesn’t want to slow.

“I haven’t worn…

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