Cowboys running back Elliott tells critics to 'shut up'

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has gotten off to a slow start this NFL season, but says it has nothing to do with his foot speed.

A Pro-Bowl selection in 2016, Elliott has rushed for 192 yards and one touchdown through three games in 2017, but he is averaging a mere 3.5 yards per carry which is well down from his 5.1 yards a rush he averaged as a rookie.

When asked by a reporter if he has lost a step this season, the 22-year-old was blunt with his answer.

"Shut up," Elliott said.

"You don't feel like you're any slower?" a reporter asked.

"No," he finished.

Elliot had a career-worst eight yards on nine carries in the Cowboys' week-two loss to the Denver Broncos, and apart from a 30-yard run in the win over the Arizona Cardinals, he rushed for 50 yards on 21 carries.

He will try to break out against a Los Angeles Rams defence that is ranked fourth-worst against the rush.