When a dark complexion is seen, it’s a sign the player has an athletic build.
It’s also a signal that he has a hard time getting through a game without getting injured.
That’s the message former NFL lineman Chris Canty says the Dallas Cowboys gave their star defensive end Ezekiel Elliott when they sent him to the practice squad for a week in November.
The Cowboys sent Elliott on the injured reserve list for a month and he missed his entire rookie season because of the illness.
But Canty believes Elliott’s dark complexion indicates the Cowboys are treating Elliott with the same kind of care as a player who’s on the mend from a broken foot.
Elliott was a big part of the Cowboys’ Super Bowl championship team in 2015.
He also played in the Super Bowl last year, helping the Cowboys win the title.
“You’ve got to understand the importance of playing through a season of illness, a broken leg, the loss of your leg, it has a tremendous effect on a player’s health,” Canty said.
Elliott returned to the Cowboys in December and had a breakout season in 2016. “
The one thing that is unique about Elliott is he had a torn Achilles tendon and he was never able to get to full strength, so when you put him on injured reserve, it was like you were giving him a new lease on life.”
Elliott returned to the Cowboys in December and had a breakout season in 2016.
He led the NFL with eight sacks and had four interceptions, including one that led to a game-winning touchdown.
Elliott is now recovering from the surgery to repair a torn meniscus.