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NFL Notes: Union seeks to block ruling so Ezekiel Elliott can play

NEW YORK -- The union for NFL players has turned to a federal appeals court in its quest to let Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott play Sunday at home against Kansas City as he fights his six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations.

Union lawyers say Elliott's suspension should be delayed until the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considers the issue. League lawyers had no immediate comment.

The NFL Players Association first asked U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla to suspend her Monday ruling reinstating the suspension during an appeal. But she refused Tuesday, so the file was moved to the appeals court.

The 22-year-old Elliott was suspended in August after the league investigated several alleged physical confrontations in the summer of 2016 with his then-girlfriend (see full story).

Bills: Benjamin acquired in trade with Panthers
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills' best start to a season in six years just got a little better.

General manager Brandon Beane reinforced his team's patchwork group of receivers by acquiring Kelvin Benjamin in a trade with the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday that was completed just before the trade deadline struck. In exchange, Carolina acquired Buffalo's third- and seventh-round picks in next year's draft.

For the Bills (5-2), Benjamin provides a boost to a team off to a better-than-expected start after Buffalo spent much of the offseason overhauling its roster. And his addition reverses a trend in which general manager Brandon Beane spent much of the past three months trading away talent to stockpile draft picks to rebuild a team in the midst of a 17-year playoff drought.

Receiver Sammy Watkins was traded to the Los Angeles Rams and cornerback Ronald Darby dealt to Philadelphia in separate trades made on the same day in August. Then, on Friday, Buffalo's top-paid player, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus , was dealt to Jacksonville (see full story).

Giants: Jenkins suspended for violation of team rules
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

The suspension takes effect immediately, meaning Jenkins will miss Sunday's home game against the Rams.

Jenkins was told Tuesday he was suspended. Coach Ben McAdoo said he will review the status of the suspension next week.

Jenkins is the second Giants cornerback to be suspended this month. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was suspended on Oct. 10 after he left the team's facilities before a practice. Rodgers-Cromartie missed the team's Oct. 15 game at Denver, where the Giants won 23-10. He returned to the team the following week.

The Giants returned to practice Monday after their bye week and Jenkins wasn't with them. McAdoo said he had been excused for personal reasons (see full story).