Cowboys Pro Bowl RB Tony Pollard is ruled out against the 49ers with an ankle injury

Tony Pollard suffered a serious leg injury in Sunday’s playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers, hampering the Cowboys’ offense and casting a cloud over his upcoming offseason.

Pollard injured his left leg during a second quarter practice as the Cowboys looked to score before halftime. After the game, ESPN’s Todd Archer reported that he fractured his fibula and will need surgery during the offseason.

With 1:36 remaining in the half, Pollard caught a short pass from Dak Prescott in second-and-second then turned upside for an 8-yard gain. 49ers safety Jimmie Ward tackled him and Pollard’s ankle rolled hard under Ward’s body.

Pollard needed help with a secondary medical tent and quickly left the field on a cart with a towel over his head.

He was outfitted for an aerial cast before leaving the field and sent off at half-time with an ankle injury.

The Cowboys did not immediately provide further details on his diagnosis or confirm the postgame report. The practice 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 longtime starter Ezekiel Elliott. He led the Cowboys in the regular season with 1,007 rushing yards on 5.2 yards per carry. He added 39 catches for 371 yards while scoring 12 total touchdowns.

His injury is a blow as he enters the offseason without a contract. He was in line for a big payday at the end of his four-year, $3.2 million rookie deal.

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (20) stays on the field after being tackled against the San Francisco 49ers in the first half of an NFL Divisional Round playoff football game in Santa Clara, in California on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (20) stays on the field after being tackled against the San Francisco 49ers in the first half of an NFL Divisional Round playoff football game in Santa Clara, in California on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)

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