Hall-of-Fame former NFL running back Ladanidan Tomlinson had some very harsh words for All-Pro star running back Ezekiel Elliott after Sundays deflating 42-17 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Tomlinson, the former TCU and Chargers star, said the Cowboys All-Pro running back "absolutely quit on his team."
"Zeke, to his credit, he didn't have any room today," Tomlinson said on NFL Network's NFL GameDay Prime. "He was running, getting hit in the backfield, making moves in the backfield. But all of that is OK. I didn't like the way he quit today. I didn't like that. He absolutely quit on his team today."
Tomlinson was then asked to explain what he meant by saying Elliott "quit" on his team.
"First his attitude on the sideline. Clearly, he didn't have any communication with his teammates. But also, he didn't want to talk to his teammates. Some times when things are going wrong, as a leader of that team, as a captain, you have to step up and rally the troops. You have to go to the offensive line and say, 'I know it's tough but let's keep battling, let's keep fighting.' You have to go to the quarterback and say, 'Hey man, I'm not getting it done today - you have to step it up.' You have to rally the troops.
"They need him to do that because last year, he led the league in rushing. So everybody is looking at him as the top dog. So if you want to be the top dog, you have to do it on and off the field."
Fans on social media were critical of Elliott for not putting forth more of an effort after Broncos cornerback Chris Harris intercepted Dak Prescott midway through the third quarter with the Cowboys trailing 28-10.
The Broncos scored two plays later to make it 35-10.