The NFL's six-game suspension of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was upheld Tuesday by a league-appointed arbitrator. While ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Elliott's six-game suspension has been upheld by Harold Henderson, there's much more to it than meets the eye.
A decision on the restraining order is expected by Friday at 5 p.m., according to court notes from the country clerk.
At the start of the hearing, NFL attorney Daniel Nash told the judge it was "his understanding" that Elliott could play Sunday night against the New York Giants because the league didn't want to rush the judge. If the judge rules in Elliott's favor, then he will likely be able to play the whole season for Dallas - which would obviously be massive for the Cowboys.
Elliott's six-game suspension followed a year-long National Football League investigation into allegations of domestic abuse from a former girlfriend.
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Illinois: The schedule isn't getting any easier, with Western Kentucky - an 11-game victor last season - visiting next week. The youngest team in college football has the goods to defend against some growing pains. "I like the way they worked".
The Elliott situation is messy, so whether Dickerson believes his suspension is just, is somewhat irrelevant. Elliott supposedly had physical confrontations with his ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson, and the league said that there was "substantial and persuasive evidence". But the personal conduct policy does not require that a player be charged with or convicted of a crime for the league to take disciplinary action. Mazzant will rule on Elliott's request for an injunction by Friday, according to multiple reports.
The running back received the news in federal court in Sherman.
The NFL also filed a lawsuit in NY federal court late Tuesday seeking to confirm the arbitration ruling, saying the proper jurisdiction for the case is NY, not Texas, where Elliott's representatives filed suit.
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The 22-year-old Elliott is appealing a six-game suspension for domestic violence.
One of the passages in the lawsuit states, "Elliott and the Union were subjected to an arbitration process in which, among other things, there was a League-orchestrated conspiracy by senior NFL executives, including NFL Senior Vice President and Special Counsel for Investigations Lisa Friel, to hide critical information, which would completely exonerate Elliott". And the suspension story isn't over yet, so stay tuned to see exactly how it plays out.
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.
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.
West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech
No. 21 Virginia Tech and No. 22 West Virginia renew their rivalry Sunday night at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. It was Jennings and Grier who helped tie the score earlier in the fourth quarter with a 60-yard pitch and catch.