Dallas Cowboys: Cowboys RBs coach Gary Brown on Ezekiel Elliott: ‘He’s down because he wants to be there for his teammates’

LOS ANGELES — Running back Ezekiel Elliott was escorted out of the Cowboys’ locker room Saturday night after the team’s preseason game against the Rams.

A Cowboys security person was in front of Elliott and a member of the public relations staff was at his side. Elliott kept his headphones on as he left the locker room and walked toward the bus.

With Elliott not talking Saturday, his teammates and coaches were left to answer the questions about how the Cowboys would survive the first six games without the league’s leading rusher.

“It’s disappointing for everybody, especially for him and his family,” Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown said of Elliott’s six-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.  “But we’re going to work our way through it. We’ve got to coach the guys who are going to be around. We’re going to support Zeke. We’re going to stay right there for him and when he’s back, he’s back.

“Anytime you’re suspended you’re surprised. We’re here to support him. It’s just a situation that we wish we could have avoided but we didn’t. We just have to pick ourselves up and keep moving forward.”

Brown and Cowboys running back Darren McFadden said the suspension news wasn’t easy for Elliott.

“He’s down because he wants to do be there for his teammates,” Brown said. “But like I told him, you got to handle your business and we will support you and hold you up and as running backs, we’ll do what we need to do until you get back.”

Added McFadden:

“It’s a tough situation he is dealing with, but he’s taken it in stride right now,” McFadden said. “He is only going to get better from it.”

Brown said the Cowboys are built to sustain the loss of Elliott because of great depth at the running back position.

“One of our leaders is down,” Brown said, “and everybody else has to pick it up a little bit.”

Brown said McFadden, who will start in place of Elliott, is a veteran who can handle the position well. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in his first…

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