Ezekiel Elliott will play for the next two games, at a minimum

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has spoken, sort of.

Ignoring the league’s request for a ruling by September 26 on the emergency motion to stay the injunction that allows Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott to play while the legal challenge to his six-game suspension proceeds, the Fifth Circuit has set oral argument on the matter for Monday, October 2.

This means that Elliott will play on Monday night against the Cardinals and next Sunday against the Rams, in a game that has become far more compelling after L.A.’s thrilling 41-39 win over the 49ers on Thursday night. Elliott’s suspension could commence as soon as Week Five, depending on whether the Fifth Circuit stays the injunction or rules that the injunction was erroneously granted in quickly after the October 2 hearing.

The league’s primary argument arises from the fact that Elliott filed his lawsuit before arbitrator Harold Henderson issued a ruling on the appeal of the suspension, making the entire case premature and preventing the Texas federal court in which the lawsuit was filed from acquiring proper jurisdiction over the dispute.

26 responses to “Ezekiel Elliott will play for the next two games, at a minimum

  1. Since Goodell does whatever he wants, the Elliot camp already knew that the NFL Kangaroo Court was going to uphold the suspension.

    “We are corrupt, but he did not wait until we re-revealed our corruption” is a pretty weak argument.

  2. Zeke is averaging less than 4 ypc, and has a long run of 10 yards this season so far. Doesnt really matter if he plays or not unless his o-line becomes as good as they were last year. If they do get it figured out, JJ is still way too involved and they will never get another trophy with that buffoon

  3. Only to argue back that the arbitration hearing was setup to make Elliott lose since Henderson would not allow testimony from Goodell or Ms Thompson, denied requests to review the NFL’s investigative report. Basically, Elliott was setup to lose the arbitration hearing since it was slanted favorably towards the NFL.

  4. The NFL’s argument doesn’t have much force once Henderson issued his ruling. The district court judge considered and rejected it. So the NFL is on its way to another court loss unless they happen to get a very favorable panel.

  5. Crazy that this day in age an organization as powerful as the NFL can’t seem to handle PR. It’s not that hard. Let the boy play until his day in court and then let the cards lay where they may.

  6. So the U.S. Court of Appeals didn’t clear their docket in order to give Roger his ruling? They do know he only gave them a week, don’t they?

  7. Haha. Haters keep on hating. The underachiever that has a national title drafted number four and led the NFL in rushing his rookie has accomplished more than you ever will. How does that make you feel?

  8. What a petty argument – rather than attack the case on merits, Goodell and his henchmen want to do all they can to get the case moved to a “friendlier” court.

    If I thought this case would actually have a chance of success (based on the use of real evidence and whatnot), it wouldn’t matter where this played out – this suspension would absolutely get overturned, and the NFL would get destroyed for their unfair practices. But anybody that’s followed these legal proceeding knows that NONE of this will actually matter in the end, at all. The sole argument that the NFL will be using (and likely win on), is that ONLY the NFL can choose to suspend a player, the NFLPA agreed to this process, and actual evidence of any crime is used merely as a guideline (not for any actual due process) – evidence doesn’t really matter, and it never will.

    The whole thing is an absolute joke. The players ought to be embarrassed for ever having agreed to such a process, but that’s the bed they made and they now have to sleep in the filth… …and all the while Goodell gets to sit back, count his money, and have zero respect for the rights of the players. He wins and he always will.

    Maybe when ratings nosedive to the point of being surpassed by NHL games, Goodell will finally get tossed out on his ass where he belongs. But I doubt it will happen… …I used to love the NFL.

  9. Hope he plays better than last week, when he looked bored and unable to help his
    team. He is what he is a ‘lose cannon’ who has a few problems. Next he will have a
    ‘minder’ with him like Dez Bryant did, just wait.

  10. biggs13 says:
    “Cowboys, Patriots and Bengals. Stop cheating and beating and you won’t hate the NFL and its legal process.”

    …pray tell – which team do you follow? I’m sure EVERY player on your team, is a saint – right?

    As I’ve said before, this whole thing is a laugh riot, until YOUR team happens to get the gaze of Lord Goodell.

  11. You have to remember the constitution TRUMPS all. There has to be a fundamental expectation of farness even if the CBA gives Godell great power. It’s like that sign in your employers parking lot that states “We are not responsible for items left in your car. WRONG, If that employer hasn’t done all things reasonable to protect your property….then they are responsible. This case is the same…the players have a right to a fair process. REASONABLE EXPECTION OF FAIRNESS.

  12. rodell77 says:
    September 22, 2017 at 7:10 pm
    You have to remember the constitution TRUMPS all. There has to be a fundamental expectation of farness even if the CBA gives Godell great power. It’s like that sign in your employers parking lot that states “We are not responsible for items left in your car. WRONG, If that employer hasn’t done all things reasonable to protect your property….then they are responsible. This case is the same…the players have a right to a fair process. REASONABLE EXPECTION OF FAIRNESS.

    That is correct! And so long as Goodell follows the letter of the law (in regards to the CBA), he can do as he pleases… …but there is NOTHING in the CBA that says a player must be proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt – which is the crux of this entire ordeal! You don’t actually have to be guilty – you only need to be guilty in Goodell’s mind, period.

    There is nothing that the NFLPA is going to argue, that’s going to get around this. Yes, we know Goodell ignored advice from investigators he personally hired. We know the “victim” has about as much credibility as [insert name of habitual liar here]. And we know the entire appeal process was a sham… …IT DOESN’T MATTER!!! And the court will have ZERO power to overturn this. It sucks, it’s completely slanted in the favor of Goodell, but it’s the system the NFLPA agreed to.

    Honestly – I could care less about Goodell, Elliott, the owners, the players, etc. WE THE FANS ARE GETTING SCREWED BY THIS PROCESS!!!!!!

  13. pat123438 says:
    September 22, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    What a petty argument – rather than attack the case on merits, Goodell and his henchmen want to do all they can to get the case moved to a “friendlier” court.

    If I thought this case would actually have a chance of success (based on the use of real evidence and whatnot), it wouldn’t matter where this played out – this suspension would absolutely get overturned, and the NFL would get destroyed for their unfair practices. But anybody that’s followed these legal proceeding knows that NONE of this will actually matter in the end, at all. The sole argument that the NFL will be using (and likely win on), is that ONLY the NFL can choose to suspend a player, the NFLPA agreed to this process, and actual evidence of any crime is used merely as a guideline (not for any actual due process) – evidence doesn’t really matter, and it never will.
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    I think this one might turn out different. It’s one thing to suspend a player for patent BS like maybe he knew a couple of others guys did something, but with Elliott, the NFL is basically branding him as a domestic abuser, based upon nothing more than the lies of a vindictive, jealous ex-girlfriend. That, and it was specifically stated that Elliott was denied the people he needed to properly appeal his case.

    If the NFL wins this one, then there truly is no justice, and teams can hire tramps to make false accusations against any player from another team.

  14. Someone needs to ask Goodell to directly answer what he thinks about the accusers text messages telling her friend she got in a bar fight and planned to pin it on Elliot.

  15. John Henry’s Hammer says:
    September 22, 2017 at 6:19 pm
    Haha. Haters keep on hating. The underachiever that has a national title drafted number four and led the NFL in rushing his rookie has accomplished more than you ever will. How does that make you feel?

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    And his team went one-and-done in the playoffs whilst the team I suppprt won the SB. It makes me feel really good.

  16. suncawy says:
    September 22, 2017 at 5:29 pm
    Only to argue back that the arbitration hearing was setup to make Elliott lose since Henderson would not allow testimony from Goodell or Ms Thompson, denied requests to review the NFL’s investigative report. Basically, Elliott was setup to lose the arbitration hearing since it was slanted favorably towards the NFL.
    ____________________________

    And this shocks you somehow? Did you read Goodell’s Brady arbitration finding then the actual sealed hearing transcript the court made public? Not only is the league in the habit of denying what we would consider fundamental rights they then lie about sworn testimony in public documents.

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