There is now much concern for Cowboys LB Greg Ellis about an Achilles tendon that just is not getting any better. The linebacker, who has been round and round with the team wanting a new deal, may have to face that facts that it might be hard to get back on the field in 2007, or ever for that matter. Ellis tore the Achilles last November, and despite a long rehab, still can’t go through an entire workout without severe amounts of pain. “It’s a pain you can’t deal with,” he said. “It never goes away – even when I wake up in the morning, walking around, the whole deal.”
The team did another round of MRI’s, and found no other damage, and think that he will still be able to make it back on the field. As for Ellis, he’s starting to sound like he’s not so sure. “It’s just frustrating,” he said. “What the heck is going on? Why won’t it go away? I just keep saying maybe there’s something to the time period.” Even though the team is talking about a return, there is also some speculation they were thinking hard about the future when they went out and drafted Anthony Spencer in the first round of this April’s draft. He could fit the role of the next Ellis, who has been on the current Cowboys roster longer than any player.
As for wanting more cash, of course he’d like it, but he says it’s not the driving force for him to get back on the field. “This is not about me trying to get more money,” he said. “This might be it for me. Hopefully it’s not, but that’s the reality of the situation.” The team could place him on injured reserve, which would end his season, or put him on the PUP list, which means he could be back on the field should his injury heal. As far as coach Wade Phillips is concerned, the team is not ready to make that decision yet. “Our guys say he’s day to day,” the coach said. “I am going with that.”