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Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) could practice Tuesday

OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott is looking at a possible return to practice as soon as Tuesday as he works his way through a sore hamstring.

Elliott last practiced on Aug. 2. He has increased his rehab work over the last few days. Elliott did not play in the preseason opener against the Los Angeles Rams, but he went through a long running session in pregame warm-ups and was dressed in full pads for the game.

Coach Jason Garrett said Elliott could do some individual work in the early portion of Monday's practice but when the team drills start he would continue to do rehab. In Monday's walk-through Elliott took the first-team snaps for the first time since getting hurt.

"Just taking his situation day by day," Garrett said. "He's closer and closer and we do anticipate him practicing here fairly soon."

By not practicing Monday, Elliott will miss eight padded practices. The Cowboys are scheduled to practice Tuesday and Wednesday and hold a walk-through Thursday before returning home to take on the Miami Dolphins on Friday at AT&T Stadium.

It is possible Elliott could play, but the team has been careful with his return because it does not want him to suffer any kind of setback that could lead to a longer absence, potentially into the regular season.