Ezekiel Elliott's 6-Game Suspension Upheld By NFL

Arnold Nichols
September 6, 2017

Elliott is awaiting a ruling on the appeal of his six-game suspension heard last week by arbitrator Harold Henderson.

With the news coming on Tuesday evening that Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension has been upheld, Elliott's representatives have wasted no time in putting out an official statement. Judge Amos Mazzant said he will make a decision on Elliott's temporary restraining order by Friday at 6 p.m. ET.

FRISCO, Texas - That Ezekiel Elliott will be available to play this Sunday against the New York Giants is good news for the Dallas Cowboys.

If Henderson rules that Elliott should remain suspended for any stretch of games, the court can then decide to stay the suspension while it reviews the matter, and Elliott could potentially be allowed to play while the case works its way through the courts.

Henderson's ruling - upholding the suspension - came just before 8:30 p.m.

This may not end the public relations issue for Elliott, who's been accused of using "physical force" against his girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson.

Unlike the substance abuse policies, the personal conduct policy was not collectively bargained with the NFL Players Association. Mazzant will rule on Elliott's request for an injunction by Friday, according to multiple reports.

He also accused the National Football League of minimizing the impact of Roberts and how she was removed from the process and before the initial decision despite being the only person to interview all 26 witnesses in the case, including Thompson six times. It appears that he must have been swayed by the evidence presented by the league - facts backed up by league doctors - that indicated Elliott was the only one with Thompson when the bruises were incurred.

"League-orchestrated conspiracy by senior NFL executives ... to hide critical information", Elliott's lawyers wrote in a petition obtained by CBS Sports.

By choosing this battle - when, without any charges filed by law enforcement against Elliott and by her own investigator's reported recommendation of no suspension - Lanier appears to have picked the biggest inmate in the yard in Jerry Jones and his prize running back.

If denied, Elliott would begin serving his suspension with the Dallas Cowboys' game against the Denver Broncos in Week 2, on September 17.

The NFL Players Association cited those "startling findings" when it filed its petition in a federal court on September 1 asking Henderson to vacate any discipline against the Cowboys running back.

McCarthy disputed a key claim in a lawsuit filed by the players' union on behalf of Elliott seeking to vacate an upcoming ruling on an appeal. That's a huge loss considering he had one of the great seasons ever for a rookie running back in 2016 with a league-leading 1,631 yards to go with 15 touchdowns.

The suspension won't keep Elliott from playing in Week 1, though.

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