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Cowboys already bracing for life without Zeke

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If Ezekiel Elliott will face any time off for his myriad of off-field problems, it appears the Dallas Cowboys won't be left feeling sorry for themselves.

We've already learned that the 'Boys have worked out former Michigan superstar and Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson. 

Now we're learning that the team has also worked out five-year veteran back Ronnie Hillman, formerly of the Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings and San Diego Chargers. 

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The 25-year-old Hillman played his first four seasons with Denver before splitting 2016 between Minnesota and San Diego. Hillman enjoyed a career-best 863 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in his final season with the Broncos, which ended with a Super Bowl win.

Robinson, meanwhile, hasn't produced much of a professional resume after emerging from college football as a bonafide star player for the Wolverines. In four seasons in Jacksonville he rushed for just over 1,000 yards and five scores. However, Robinson has long showed his versatility in both rushing and receiving. Hillman is a bit more of a traditional rusher. 

As for what Dallas has behind Elliott already, the Cowboys return Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris to go with unsigned rookie free agent Jahad Thomas.

Per the Dallas News, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones values depth at the position, considering Dallas' identity is built on it.

"McFadden missed all of 2016 training camp and most of last season to an elbow injury, but the Cowboys still favored him over Morris when he returned. He signed a one-year deal in free agency. Dallas also wants its backup running backs to participate on special teams, something Morris did for only three snaps last season."

"Thomas could surprise and help fill the role vacated by Lance Dunbar's defection to the Los Angeles Rams."

Source: Dallas News · Photo Credit: Keystone Press Agency