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Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott remained limited in Thursday’s practice, but he said his calf injury is nothing he can’t handle on game day.

“I don’t remember where I exactly hurt it,” Elliott said Thursday. “It’s more of a contusion, not really like a muscle strain. Like a big bruise. I’m sure it’s going to be sore during the game, but it’s Week 13. Everyone is going to be sore. I don’t think it should limit me much at all. I mean, it might be a little tender, but I’m tough.”

Elliott also has played through a hamstring injury this season.

He is having the worst season of his career, averaging 3.9 yards a carry and 65.3 rushing yards per game. Elliott has 199 carries for 784 yards and five touchdowns.

His six fumbles, and five fumbles lost, are the most of any non-quarterback in the NFL.

Elliott will keep playing, and the Cowboys will keep fighting.

“I mean, just because we’re not out of it; we aren’t out of it at all,” Elliott said. “I mean, we look at what the team has gone through this season just losing so many key players. I mean, we lost a lot of key players here on offense. I think it’s important one, just because we’re not out of it. Then two, just for my brothers. That’s why I go out there and play. I go out there and play for my brothers and my teammates. I’m not going to sell them short.”

The Bengals rank 29th in rushing defense, so Elliott has a chance for his second 100-yard game of the season.

In other injury news, the Cowboys added pass rusher Aldon Smith to the practice report with a foot injury. He was limited.

Offensive tackle Cameron Erving (knee) and safety Donovan Wilson (groin) remained out of practice. Cornerback Anthony Brown (ribs) again was limited.