Abram Elam comes up big early, late


IRVING, Texas -- When Sunday’s game against St. Louis was still a game, Abram Elam turned in perhaps the most important play.

With the score 7-0, the Cowboys strong safety forced a Cadillac Williams’ fumble after a 17-yard pick up to the Dallas 37 by the Rams running back and scooped up the loose ball for the turnover. Tackle Jason Smith was hurt on the play and the Rams elected to challenge the call, believing Elam was out of bounds when he recovered the fumble.

“I knew I had re-established myself,” Elam said.

Sunday was Elam’s best game of the season. He was credited with a team-high eight tackles and had three tackles for loss.

While his forced fumble was an important play, the most prideful play might have been on the Cowboys’ final defense snap. On fourth and 1 from the Dallas 1, the Rams tried to run Steven Jackson to the right for a meaningless touchdown but Elam shot the gap and brought down the big running back for a 5-yard loss.

Even up 27 points the Cowboys did not want to give up a touchdown.

“I’m happy about the win,” Elam said. “Those are plays within the game that help us get the win. I’m pleased with my performance. There are some things I know we’ll get corrected but we’re on the right track.”