Ezekiel Elliott can play Week 1

06 September, 2017, 13:11 | Author: Douglas Reid
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Arbitrator Harold Henderson reportedly upheld the six-game suspension for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott on Tuesday, as first reported by ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

An NFL-appointed arbitrator has ruled that the league's suspension for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will be upheld.

The NFL Players Association previously filed a restraining order seeking to block any suspension for Elliott, and a judge is due to rule on by 5 p.m. CDT on Friday.

Per the admission made by the National Football League during Elliott's hearing, he will be eligible to play in Week 1 because the 4:00 p.m. deadline for a ruling from Henderson had passed by the time he handed down his decision.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will play against the New York Giants on Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

Elliott was accused by ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson of domestic violence abuse while they were dating, including three alleged incidents after Elliott was the fourth overall pick of the Cowboys a year ago. Brady lost his initial appeal for his Deflategate suspension but sued and succeeded in getting a federal court to overturn the penalty.

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"In the absence of a ruling from Mr. Henderson at the outset of the hearing, the judge indicated his desire to have the appropriate time to consider all legal issues before making a ruling". Tiffany Thompson, Elliott's ex-girlfriend, said the Cowboys star physically abused her on multiple occasions in July 2016.

"The deliberate exclusion of her recommendations and findings constitutes a failure to follow the NFL's own Personal Conduct Policy, which the League unilaterally imposed and refused to collectively bargain". If Mazzant grants the request for a temporary restraining order, Elliott would remain eligible to play while his case is pending. While the NFLPA cited this as new evidence during the appeal, Henderson wrote that Roberts' views were in the investigative report Goodell reviewed before his suspension decision.

Elliott's legal team filed a lawsuit in federal court on September 1, asking Henderson to vacate all punishment.

That Thompson was not asked to testify was also questioned by Mazzant because of the NFL's policy that states when a player has not been arrested or charged there must be credible evidence to render a suspension.

Elliott was tremendous as a rookie with 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns, leading a rushing attack that averaged 149.75 yards per game behind a line that features three All-Pros in left tackle Tyron Smith, center Travis Frederick and right guard Zack Martin.

If the suspension stands, Elliott would play the opener and then miss games against the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins. The Cowboys couldn't figure out the Giants, though, 20-19 at home in Week 1 and 10-7 in New Jersey in Week 14. He makes Prescott's life easier as well because teams have to concentrate on stopping the run, which makes Bryant's life easier, too.

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