Ezekiel Elliott Eligible To Play In Week 1 vs. Giants

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the suspension will be upheld by the independent arbitrator, Harold Henderson. "When the decision was issued, the judge advised that in light of the league's agreement, he would allow additional filings and make his decision by Friday".

Elliott will find out Friday if the temporary restraining order the NFLPA filed on his behalf will be granted or if his suspension will start in Week 2. Elliott would be allowed to continue playing while his federal case works its way through the legal system.

Elliott and the NFLPA filed a lawsuit seeking a temporary restraining order (TRO) that would delay any suspension until the conclusion of the case.

"In an improper race to the courthouse, Petitioner National Football League Players Association (the "NFLPA") has defied binding precedent squarely foreclosing its premature suit", the NFL's motion reads, per USA Today Sports.

The NFL handed down its decision Tuesday night.

Ezekiel Elliott and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pose after he was selected to the Dallas Cowboys. The line ticked up to Dallas -4 after the news was announced.

The Cowboys, without Elliott, will most likely be forced to use a committee of running backs including veterans Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris.

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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.

Henderson heard Elliott's case over two and a half days in New York City, listening to testimony from the running back and his representatives, who included lawyer Jeffrey Kessler, who previously helped Tom Brady and Adrian Peterson in their cases against the NFL.

Elliott's attorney said he was "extremely disappointed" with the ruling and that the arbitrator failed to "navigate through league politics".

The NFL, "hesitant to respond", said yes, according to Fisher. His sole focus is decide whether the process was fair. It's also trying to send the case back to NY, where the Tom Brady Deflategate hearings were heard.

The NFL objected to Elliott's lawsuit by claiming that it was premature, since he filed it before the ruling was issued on Elliott's appeal. "Her views were represented. This one is, in every respect".

The court didn't ask any follow-up questions about Elliott's drug use in college.

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