The NFLPA filed a request in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Thursday to block any suspension upheld by arbitrator Harold Henderson involving Elliott, who has been suspended six games for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network first reported that NFL executive Harold Henderson would have a ruling on the Ezekiel Elliott appeal by the end of the business day on Tuesday. The Elliott camp was understandably upset about this delay, as the NFL was pretty clearly working to file the decision in such a way to get Ezekiel's immediate date in a Texas court pushed back and potentially moved to NY or another favorable spot for the league.
In a statement released shortly after the appeal denial was made public, Elliott's attorneys said they were "extremely disappointed" with Henderson's ruling.
The NFL Players' Association sued in federal court on behalf of Elliott last week before Henderson even ruled, saying the appeal hearing was "fundamentally unfair" because the running back was prevented from confronting his accuser in the OH case.
After that, Dallas has tough games on the road against the Denver Broncos in Week 2, on the road against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3 and at home versus the Green Bay Packers in Week 5.
Elliott, who was never arrested or charged with a crime, has vigorously denied the allegations. 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.More news: Slain journalist Gauri Lankesh laid to rest with State honours
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"Mr. Elliott is the starting running back for the team".
If the report holds true, Elliott will suit up against NY regardless of whether or not Henderson rules on the appeal. Rapoport later clarified that he was reporting with regards to Elliott's eligibility to be paid for Week 1.
The motion filed Monday claims that a federal court lacks the jurisdiction to vacate a suspension imposed by the NFL.
The Cowboys second-year back is trying to have the court throw out his six-game suspension imposed on him for an alleged domestic violence incident with an ex-girlfriend in July of 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. Prosecutors didn't pursue the case, citing conflicting evidence. The league said its conclusions were based on photographs, text messages and other electronic evidence. Head coach Bob McAdoo spoke about his team's focus heading into Sunday night's division matchup.