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Zeke expected to be ready to go for Week 16 (0:53)
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Don't talk Cowboys to Stephen A. unless they make postseason (2:01)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Not long after his arrival at The Star this morning, Ezekiel Elliott will have a meeting with Jerry Jones, according to the owner and general manager. Sick call is at 10 a.m. CT, which is the earliest Elliott is to arrive. The Cowboys athletic training staff has had indirect communication with Elliott during the six weeks. As a result of those discussions, Jason Garrett has been told the running back has been working out and is in good shape.

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Jones saddened by Richardson exit (0:43)
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11hTodd Archer

Dez: Zeke's return will deliver 'extreme boost'

The Cowboys were upbeat Sunday night at the prospect of having Ezekiel Elliott in the fold after the running back's suspension expires Monday morning. "Just seeing him back will make us play that much harder," Dez Bryant said.

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The Cowboys are alive (0:43)
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12hPaul Gutierrez

Index card 4th-down ruling draws Raiders' ire

After referee Gene Steratore used a folded-up index card to measure for a key first down that ultimately went in favor of the Cowboys on Sunday night, the Raiders contended that there was "still space between the ball and the stick."

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Jones excited to have Zeke back (0:20)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerry Jones with what might be the line of the night after the Cowboys were granted a first down after Gene Steratore used a folded piece of paper to affirm a ruling. "Well, I love any game that will allow you to just stick it in the pile and then come back and measure it with a piece of cigarette paper."

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Garrett, Del Rio weigh in on index card as a unit of measure (0:53)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerry Jones will be happy to se Ezekiel Elliott Monday. The running back will be allowed back at The Star for the 10 a.m. sick call now that his six-game suspension is over. "We need him back and it's good to have him back," Jones said. "I think Zeke is going to energize our whole team."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Dez Bryant was on the wrong end of a Gene Steratore ruling in the 2014 playoffs against Green Bay. He was on the right end Sunday when Steratore used a piece of paper to rule Dak Prescott concerted a first down in the fourth quarter. "Game if inches," Bryant said. "I never seen it before but it shows it's a game of inches."

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Ref uses paper to measure first down (0:33)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

To say the Cowboys are excited about the return of Ezekiel Elliott is an understatement. Jason Garrett was a bit more measured but he said he's been told Elliott has been working out. Players have been in touch with Elliott via text message in his absence. At 8-6, the Cowboys still need to win out and have some help but Elliott's return will be a boost.

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Cowboys find a way past the Raiders (1:31)
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Bryant's leaping grab sets up go-ahead FG (0:23)
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Carr's fumble into end zone seals game for Cowboys (0:47)

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

The quirkiest NFL Sunday in a long time included all of the league's greatest hits. The AFCs' No. 1 seed might have been decided when the Steelers' go-ahead touchdown was invalidated by the infuriating catch rule. Later, referee Gene Steratore granted the Cowboys a first down on a measurement so close that he used a folded index card to gauge it. And then, the Raiders lost possession on their final drive when quarterback Derek Carr's fumble dribbled out of the end zone for a touchback. All that was missing on this day was an illegal bat.