Cowboys’ Pro Bowl RB Tony Pollard pulled off the field, ruled out for 49ers with ankle injury

Tony Pollard He sustained a serious leg injury while on the run Sunday’s playoff loss to San Francisco 49ersholding back the Cowboys’ offense and casting a cloud over their upcoming season.

Pollard injured his left leg on a drive in the second quarter as the Cowboys looked to score before halftime. after the game, ESPN’s Todd Archer reported It fractured the fibula and would require off-season surgery.

With 1:36 left in the half, Pollard caught a short pass from Duck Prescott On second and 2 then switched to the top for an 8-yard gain. 49ers safety Jimmy Ward I engaged him, and Pollard’s ankle rolled violently under Ward’s body.

Pollard needed assistance in a sideline medical tent and quickly left the field on a cart with a towel over his head.

He was fitted for an air crew before he left the field and He was ruled out in the first half with an ankle injury.

The Cowboys did not immediately provide more details on his diagnosis or confirm the post-game report. The drive ended with a Prescott interception that set up a field goal for the 49ers to take a 9-6 halftime lead.

Pollard, 25, emerged in 2022 as the Cowboys’ most effective running back in his first Pro Bowl season while sharing snaps with a starting long Ezekiel Elliot. He led the Cowboys in the regular season with 1,007 yards on 5.2 yards per carry. He added 39 catches for 371 yards while scoring 12 total touchdowns.

His injury is a huge blow as he goes into the off-season without a contract. He was poised for a big payday at the conclusion of his $3.2 million four-year start-up deal.

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Dallas Cowboys Running back Tony Pollard (20) remains on the field after being tackled against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL Football League game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo / Josie Libby)

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