"But after working out (Tuesday), doing a little jogging, going through practice (Wednesday), I feel pretty good," the Dallas Cowboys rookie running back said.
At Ohio State, Elliott had only two 30-carry games, including the national championship game at AT&T Stadium against Oregon when he ran for 246 yards and four touchdowns on 36 carries. His lone 30-carry game in 2015 came against Michigan (30 carries, 214 yards, two touchdowns) and he followed that up, after an extended break, in the bowl win against Notre Dame with 27 carries for 149 yards and a touchdown.
Elliott doesn’t have a month-long (give or take a few days) break before his next game. It’s coming up Sunday against San Francisco.
Before the season started, Elliott said he went to veterans to ask about their maintenance routine. He paired some of that with some of what he did at Ohio St.
"That’s something I kind of started Week 1, so when it got to where I’m getting a little beat up, I have a routine already for getting my body back together," Elliott said. "Just getting in the cold tank, making sure you’re getting massages. You can’t really sit around when you’re sore. You’ve got to get up and work all that lactic acid out."
By Wednesday, Elliott said his body was feeling good again. Of course, he’s just 21 years old.
Since Scott Linehan took over as the play-caller in 2014, the Cowboys have been a predominant one-back team. DeMarco Murray had 392 carries in 2014. Joseph Randle got the bulk of the carries to start last season before he was released, and then Darren McFadden got the bulk of the work.
Through three games, Elliott has 71 carries and Alfred Morris has 17.
"Yeah, you never go into a game saying that this player is going to play this number of plays, and he’s going to get this number of carries -- you can’t do that," coach Jason Garrett said. "We have a plan, a rotation for those guys. In each of the first three games, Alfred was going to go in and play the third series of each half. We’ve stopped that. He’s actually played a little bit more based on some different circumstances."
In 2004, rookie Julius Jones had three straight games with at least 30 carries. In 2011, Murray never had a game with more than 25 carries, but he set a team rookie record with 253 yards against the St. Louis Rams. In 1990, Emmitt Smith never had more than 24 carries in a game. In 1977, Tony Dorsett never had more than 23 in a game.
Elliott said he is ready if the workload continues.
"Honestly, I don’t mind," he said. "I really don’t care. I just want to go out there, do what’s asked of me, execute and do whatever I can dot help this team get the win."