On Tuesday evening, NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson came to a conclusion about Ezekiel Elliott's case and they have decided to uphold his suspension, but there still a lot of things that need to be cleared up.
At the moment, the Dallas Cowboys running back will still have to serve a six-game suspension for alleged incidents of domestic violence, but there is a twist to this decision and it comes down to when it was made.
Since the ruling came after the 4pm ET deadline on Tuesday, it means Elliott will be allowed to play for the Cowboys against the New York Giants in Week one of the new NFL season.
As of now, he will not be able to play against the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, and the Washington Redskins. He'll be eligible to return Week nine against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Elliott and his legal team have already taken the next steps as they have filed for a temporary restraining order in a court in Texas. If this is granted, the running back could be available for the Cowboys for the entire season, though he could then have to serve his suspension at a later point, similar to what Tom Brady did.
If not, then he will likely serve his six-game suspension. We should expect some sort of clarity on this situation sooner rather than later, with some expecting the judge to rule Thursday or Friday on the motion to delay it.
Meanwhile, the NFL has filed a motion to dismiss Elliott's federal court case, as they believe he doesn't have the standing to seek a restraining order. This will be an uphill court battle for the star running back, but it's a battle he's apparently willing to fight.
After being selected with the fourth overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft by the Cowboys, Elliott led the league with 1,631 rushing yards in his rookie season, as well as scoring 15 rushing touchdowns. The Cowboys will run with Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris if Elliott is suspended.
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