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Ezekiel Elliott was disappointing overall for the Cowboys last season, but the 2022 campaign could feature a huge bounce-back from the running back.

If you just look at the numbers, the 2021 season for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott wasn’t all that bad. He finished the year with over 1,000 yards rushing, 10 rushing touchdowns, averaging 4.

2 yards per carry and hauled in 47 catches for 287 yards.

Yet, there was a feeling of malcontent among fans regarding Elliott’s performance. For the contract he’s on, he didn’t produce like a superstar. Furthermore, despite the production, Elliott didn’t pass the eye test. He looked slower, looked plodding and, frankly, didn’t look healthy.

As it turns out, that’s because he wasn’t.

Elliott revealed recently that he played much of last season with a partially torn PCL. Now that he’s healthy, though, he’s turning heads in offseason workouts, hitting 22 mph while running on Tuesday. Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy took full notice and seemed to be thinking that Zeke was now 100 percent and ready for big things in 2022.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott played most of last season with a partial PCL tear. Is he 100%? Mike McCarthy: “I would hope so. I was looking at the GPS yesterday.” Elliott reached 22 miles per hour on Tuesday.

— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) May 13, 2022

Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott now healthy, primed to bounce back in 2022

The critics of Dallas for inking a running back to a six-year, $90 million contract have been numerous and the team has certainly felt the effects of it. Just this offseason, they were essentially forced to trade wide receiver Amari Cooper and make tough decisions elsewhere as well.

However, with Cooper gone, that’s going to put more pressure on Elliott to return to form. That’s certainly easier said than done for a running back with plenty of mileage on the tires at this point who will be 27 years old when Week 1 rolls around.

While that may be true, though, Elliott getting fully healthy adds some optimism. He was productive — though less so than he could’ve been otherwise — while not at 100 percent in the 2021 campaign. So with his legs fully underneath him, we could see something closer to the player who burst onto the scene as a top-five pick from the Cowboys earlier in his career.

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DaVita Teams Up With The Park People, Arbor Foundation To Plant Trees

DENVER (CBS4)– Wednesday was the perfect day to plant some trees as DaVita joined the groups The Park People and the Arbor Foundation. The company celebrated its 100th anniversary by greening up one Denver neighborhood.

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DaVita picked Berkeley Lake Park for volunteer work for a particular reason.

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“This area is near where an invasive species known as the Emerald Ash Borer has been found and ultimately that species will kill up to one in six trees in Denver. The hope is that by planting trees here we can help keep the park healthy for future generations,” said Davita Communications Specialist Megan Anthony.

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DaVita is planting about 25 trees and a number of other shrubs and plants. The company says this is an integral part of its commitment to healthy communities and that a little action can go a long way.

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