Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension is officially over.
Monday was Elliott's first potential day to return following the ban for a violation of the league's personal conduct policy, which was related to multiple allegations of domestic violence.
The Cowboys went 3-3 during Elliott's absence, dropping their first three games before going on a three-game win streak. They currently sit 8-6 and would make massive headway in the NFC Wild Card race with a win next week against the Seattle Seahawks.
"We're in the hunt, but it's not just, 'Here he comes back,'" tight end Jason Witten told reporters. "We can never rely on that. Great player and I know he's worked hard to get himself back and handled this entire process like a pro, but the most important thing is just to be in the hunt still."
Elliott left the country during his more than a month away from the team and has been pictured with a leaner physique than he had earlier in the season. He rushed for 783 yards and seven touchdowns in the Cowboys' first eight games, running for at least 80 yards in seven of those contests.
"We get an extreme boost because that's our guy," wide receiver Dez Bryant said of Elliott. "That's our horse. He gives us that extra boost of joy because of his personality and who he is. He gets guys going with his attitude and his passion and love for the game. Just seeing him back will make us play that much harder."
Dallas was riding a three-game winning streak at the time Elliott's final appeal of his six-game ban was denied. He had recorded six touchdowns in those three contests while running the ball at least 26 times in each game.
The Seahawks are coming off a dreadful defensive performance where they allowed the Los Angeles Rams to run for 244 yards.