Cowboys release two-time NFL rushing champ Ezekiel Elliott

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Ezekiel Elliott has been released by the Dallas Cowboys after seven seasons with the team who drafted him in 2016.

Running back Elliott was a two-time rushing champion in Dallas, including in his rookie year when he tallied 1,631 yards over the ground.

But that remains a career high, and recent seasons have not been so successful, leading to Wednesday's decision.

NFL Network reported Elliott's release as the Cowboys look to create cap space.

Elliott had 12 rushing touchdowns in 2022, beaten by only four players, but he averaged just 3.8 yards per carry.

Only four players with 100 or more rushes averaged fewer yards per carry.

Elliott's 23 rushes across two playoff games last year yielded a miserly 35 yards.

A three-time Pro Bowler, he will still no doubt garner plenty of attention as he enters free agency.