The Cowboys have nothing to gain and much to lose in their final two games of the season, but coach Jason Garrett doesn’t believe in resting his starters. And so he won’t.
Garrett reiterated today that he will give starting quarterback Dak Prescott, starting running back Ezekiel Elliott and everyone else a normal workload tonight against the Lions, even though the Cowboys have already clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
“We like the rhythm of our offense and how Dak is playing,” Garrett said, via Ed Werder of ESPN.
In other words, Garrett thinks the risk of Prescott getting rusty if he sits out for three weeks (the final two regular season games as well as the Cowboys’ bye week) is greater than the risk of Prescott getting hurt if he plays the next two weeks. Same appears to be the case with Elliott. This comes despite the loss of Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota to leg injuries this week in other NFL action. It's probably safe to assume the Cowboy fantasy stars will at least start with a full workload, but if the game gets out of hand either way, it's possible the backups could play more.