Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will practice this week, wait on ruling

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After the National Football League said Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's appeal had no chance of success, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City issued a one-page order Friday temporarily blocking a lower-court ruling that shot down his previous appeals.

Elliott's lawyers and the NFL Players Association could ask for further litigation if the decision does not go in their favor.

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"We note that the issuance of an administrative stay does not constitute a resolution on the merits", Susan L. Carney, a judge on the 2nd Circuit, wrote in Friday's filing.

With Elliott now living to fight another day, we also got into the NFLPA's overall power gained through this case when it comes to how they'll be able to handle future disputes against the National Football League in preparation for negotiating a new CBA. ESPN reported earlier Sunday that Elliott's outside attorneys have attempted to reach a settlement with the NFL.

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Elliott did not gain eligibility to play against the Kansas City Chiefs until last Friday.

He was then granted a temporary restraining order by a sit-in judge in the Southern District while Failla was on vacation, allowing to play two more games, setting the stage for the legal maneuvers of the last seven days.

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It is possible, if not likely, that the three-judge panel in NY will rule as early as Thursday, after oral arguments, on whether Elliott can play Sunday at Atlanta. So I came in Friday and practiced and spent all day Friday watching a lot of film.

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