Elliott will play Week 1

Rachel Hardy
September 6, 2017

Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott will be eligible to play in the team's season opener against the New York Giants, regardless of a ruling on his appeal, according to Mike Fisher with 105.3 The Fan.

After hearing Elliott and his camp's appeal, Harold Henderson finally ruled about whether or not to uphold the six-game suspension. Judge Amos Mazzant said he will make a decision on Elliott's temporary restraining order by Friday at 6 p.m. ET.

Still, a report surfaced Tuesday evening that Elliott would play in the Cowboys' season opener even if Henderson announces a ruling. An NFL spokesman told ESPN's Dan Graziano that Elliott's ability to play in Week 1 "was a question asked by the judge in court before a ruling came down".

Elliott was suspended for six games after the league determined he used physical force last summer in OH against Tiffany Thompson, his girlfriend at the time, AP reports.

"The only just decision was to overturn the suspension in its entirety", his attorneys stated.

If you're unfamiliar still to what's going on, the league suspended Elliott last month after finding "substantial evidence" that he engaged in physical violence against his then-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson, a claim the Cowboys superstar has adamantly denied. However, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell determined his actions constituted a violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy.

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If the judge rules against the NFLPA, Elliott is slated to miss Weeks 2-8, including the Cowboys' bye week. Citing extensive digital evidence as well as the testimony of Elliott's accuser and medical experts who examined photographs of her injuries, the National Football League levied its six-game ban on August 11.

In the filing, the NFLPA alleges "there was a League-orchestrated conspiracy by senior NFL executives.to hide critical information - which would completely exonerate Elliott" in his domestic violence case.

Not only did Dickerson add he believed Elliott wasn't guilty, but that if he was, six games was too harsh of a suspension. And the suspension story isn't over yet, so stay tuned to see exactly how it plays out.

"Not only did the underlying facts not support the false allegations made against Mr. Elliott, but the process in which they were gathered and adjudicated were fundamentally unfair", Elliott attorney Frank Salzano said Friday.

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. It's also worth noting that Elliott never failed a drug test during his time at Ohio State. Elliott averaged 5.1 yards per carry, racking up 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns in his rookie year. And in their first version of the season, USA TODAY has the New York Giants ranked No. 10 overall.

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