Members of the Dallas Cowboys offense say nothing is going to change at all as star running back Ezekiel Elliott is expected to begin his six-game suspension.
"It really doesn't," All-Pro right guard Zack Martin told the Dallas Morning News. "We're going to run the exact same plays. Everyone is going to know what we're running and it's just whether or not we can execute for these guys to make plays."
Rod Smith is one of the three backs expected to receive more work as a result of Elliott's suspension. Alfred Morris will step into the starting role and Darren McFadden will be active for the first time all season, noted the Morning News.
"We've got some good backs in our room," said Smith. "We're still confident, our team is confident. We're going to go out there and do what we do. If one guy goes down, it's next man up. That's how you've got to look at it. You hate to see your boy going through this, but we still have his back, still support him. He wants us to keep the ball rolling so we're definitely going to do that."
On a day when the Philadelphia Eagles improved their roster by adding running back Jay Ajayi, the Cowboys lost arguably their most important player.
"We ain't worried about that," Smith said. "We're going to do the same thing we did last week, just a different number."
In other related news, the NFLPA is already trying a last-gasp effort to remove the six-game suspension by appealing in the 2nd Circuit: