Cowboys’ Pro Bowl RB Tony Pollard went off the field, ruled out vs. 49ers with an ankle injury

Tony Pollard suffered a serious leg injury in Sunday’s playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Pollard injured his left leg on a drive in the second quarter as the Cowboys looked to score before halftime. After the match, ESPN’s Todd Archer reported that that he broke his fibula and needs surgery out of season.

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

Pollard needed help at a sideline medical tent and soon left the field on a cart with a towel over his head.

He was fit for an air cast before he left the field and out at halftime with an ankle injury.

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

Pollard, 25, emerged in 2022 as the Cowboys’ top running back in his first Pro Bowl season, sharing snaps with longtime starter Ezekiel Elliott. He led the Cowboys in the regular season with 1,007 rushing yards at 5.2 yards per carry. He added 39 catches for 371 yards while tallying 12 total touchdowns.

His injury is a heavy blow as he enters the off-season without a contract. He was lined up for a big payday at the end of his four-year, $3.2 million rookie deal.

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 divisional round playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/ Josie Lepe)
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 divisional round playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/ Josie Lepe)

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