Cowboys Rookie Ezekiel Elliott Wrecked in NFL Debut on Illegal Hit by Kam Chancellor

Bryan Brandom
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Welcome to the NFL, Ezekiel Elliott.

While Kam Chancellor likely didn't utter those words during his bone-crunching, borderline illegal hit on the Dallas Cowboys rookie running back during a preseason game on Thursday—Elliott's first—the Seattle Seahawks safety's brutal shoulder to send the Ohio State alum to the ground did plenty of talking on its own.

Chancellor was hit with a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty, though one could argue he didn't have time to pull up.

The 21-year-old would get his revenge seconds later, though, getting the best of one of the league's hardest hitters in a collision.

And pushed Chancellor back on a tackle a few minutes earlier.

All in all it was a big debut for the fourth overall pick, who carried seven times for 48 yards. 

After the game, he (once again) showed off his polished media skills, deflecting any credit to his teammates.

"I think I adjusted really well," Elliott said, according to ESPN. "It makes my job easier when I play behind that great offensive line. I can only think of one run where someone tackled me that wasn't on the second level."

The back also displayed his adept pass blocking, coming across the field to pick up this blitz. Unfortunately, because it was a day ending in "Y" quarterback Tony Romo was still hurt on the play, despite Elliott's heroic efforts.

Romo's back injury doesn't appear to be too serious, according to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

"I just think everyone had a scare," Jones said. "And he was not hurt. He said he wasn't hurt. He wanted to go back in. He could have gone back in and played but I praise Jason. It was his decision."

 

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