Cowboys prepare for opener against Giants without holdout Ezekiel Elliott

The Cowboys returned to practice on Monday and began preparations for the season opener against the New York Giants with the idea that they will be moving forward Sunday without holdout running back Ezekiel Elliott.

The Cowboys and Elliott worked through the weekend in hopes of coming to an agreement to get him back in the fold and on the field for the New York game.

But any momentum from the progress they made Saturday died Sunday as the two sides remain apart on contract language and structure.

Per source, the two sides are closer on the guarantees than how the average per year is paid.

There is no deadline for getting a deal done this week and getting him on the field.

However, logic says that it’s likely unlikely Elliott would be able to contribute much at this point, considering he missed all of camp and the preseason. And the team has no idea what kind of shape he is in.

Head coach Jason Garrett said the team now is focused on rookie Tony Pollard and backups Alfred Morris and Jordan Chunn at running back.

“We’re just focused on the guys who are here right now,” Garrett said. “We’re going to go out and practice with the guys who have been here and prepare to play with those guys. Zeke has been a big part of our team. We love him. Once he gets back here, we’ll try to get him as integrated as possible.”

• The Jaguars will have one fewer day to prepare for their season opener. The Jags canceled practice and meetings scheduled for Wednesday because of the threat of Hurricane Dorian. That will force them to cram two days of work into one before hosting Kansas City on Sunday. The team also said linebacker Myles Jack has signed a four-year, $57 million extension, placing him under contract through 2023.

• In notable moves, the Colts signed quarterback Jacoby Brissett, Andrew Luck’s replacement, to a two-year extension that NFL Network reported was worth $30 million. The Colts also added longtime backup Brian Hoyer, 33, on a three-year deal to back up Brissett. … The Bills signed former Cal quarterback Davis Webb to their practice squad, two days after he was cut by the Jets. … A source said that former Washington wide receiver Josh Doctson agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Vikings, who also added punter Britton Colquitt, a Pro Bowl alternate who had been cut by the Browns. … The Falcons signed former Raiders fullback Keith Smith.

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