The Ezekiel Elliott wait is over.
At 10 a.m. CT, Elliott will be allowed to return to the Dallas Cowboys' practice facility in Frisco, Texas, with his six-game suspension ending just hours after the Cowboys' 20-17 win against the Oakland Raiders.
While Elliott will be at The Star on Monday, however, players are off and do not return to work until Tuesday, reports ESPN. His first practice will be Wednesday as the Cowboys get ready to play the Seattle Seahawks on Christmas Eve at AT&T Stadium.
"We get an extreme boost because that's our guy," wide receiver Dez Bryant told ESPN. "That's our horse. He gives us that extra boost of joy because of his personality and who he is. He gets guys going with his attitude and his passion and love for the game. Just seeing him back will make us play that much harder."
Elliott was suspended for six games after a legal fight kept him active for the first eight games of the season following the NFL's determination he committed domestic violence against a former girlfriend in the summer of 2016 while in Columbus, Ohio.
"We need him back and it's exciting to have him back. Zeke is going to energize our whole team," Jones said. "He's energy in the locker room and he's an example of the really high standard. As far as domestic violence, he's done nothing wrong as far as that is concerned. But in the NFL you don't get to play six games or four games. Zeke wants to play in the NFL. We want him to play in the NFL, so we've got to abide by that. But make no mistake about it, Zeke will be a better player and a better person coming back with the Cowboys."
In the first eight games of the season, Elliott ran for 783 yards on 191 carries and seven touchdowns.