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NFL files motion to dismiss in Ezekiel Elliott case

While the NFL says that Ezekiel Elliott jumped the gun by filing a lawsuit in Texas, the NFL does have an advantage when it comes to appeals.

The National Football League has filed a motion to dismiss the federal case brought by the NFL Players’ Association in support of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.

According to A.J. Perez of the USA Today, the league claims the NFLPA doesn’t have the standing to seek a temporary restraining order for a decision that does not yet exist. The decision in question would be the opinion of arbitrator Harold Henderson in his review of the six-game suspension imposed on Elliott by the league.

In essence, the league contends the NFLPA must wait for an arbitration decision to be reached before having the basis to file a challenge against that ruling and a TRO to halt its effects.

The motion to dismiss by the NFL was the next expected move in the court proceeding. Even if the court agrees the NFLPA doesn’t currently have standing for their filings, the union and Elliott could resubmit the claim once the arbitration process has played out.