With Ezekiel Elliott presumably out, the Dallas Cowboys will turn to running backs Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden and Rod Smith to carry the load and replace Elliott's heavy production.
The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday denied Ezekiel Elliott's and the NFLPA's request for an emergency injunction pending appeal in Elliott's case. The NFLPA appealed, and the 2nd Circuit granted a temporary stay for Week 9 that let Elliott take the field on Sunday against the Chiefs. Although both players are formidable backups that have been Pro Bowl-caliber backs for other teams in the past, there's no replacing Elliott who may be the best player in the National Football League at his position. The NFL, however, said roughly 100 players have been suspended for approximately 500 games over the past season and a half, therefore "Elliott's claim of irreparable injury is indistinguishable from those that could be made by 100 other players".
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The suspension dates back to a year-long investigation into domestic violence accusations from his ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson.
Elliott is second in the NFL with 783 rushing yards and tied for the league lead with seven rushing scores. Elliott is seeking an expedited appeal, according to reports, but it's unlikely any further ruling will come down before Dallas plays at the Falcons on Sunday.