The NFL moved to uphold the six-game suspension for Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott. That said, it's still possible Elliott plays Week 1 against the New York Giants on Sunday.
Harold Henderson handled Elliott's appeal for the NFL, and after some time ruled that Elliott would get no reduction from the six-game suspension. The league suspended the second-year running back after a series of alleged domestic violence incidents, though multiple reports say the evidence was compromised throughout the process.
Since the suspension came after Tuesday at 4 p.m., the deadline for such moves, the suspension can not take place until Week 2. Elliott has filed for a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop the suspension until it winds its way through the courts. A Texas judge is scheduled to rule on that by Friday. If the TRO is granted, Elliott could well play the entire season while the process plays out. Should the TRO be denied, Elliott's suspension would run for Weeks 2-7. That would make the final game of the suspension October 29 against the Redskins.
Here's what his attorneys had to say in reaction to Henderson's decision:
Statement from Ezekiel Elliott's attorneys: pic.twitter.com/6AhGr3QOzC— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 6, 2017
This situation will likely play out in the courts now, similar to Tom Brady's four-game suspension from a few seasons ago. One major difference between the Brady and Elliott situations is that the running back is dealing with domestic violence allegations.
Last season as a rookie, Elliott took the NFL by storm, leading the league in rushing and playing a major part in the Cowboys 13-3 regular season. He rushed for more than 1,600 yards and 15 TDs, and against the Redskins had 190 rushing yards and three TDs in two games.
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