Ezekiel Elliott’s 6-game domestic violence suspension was reportedly upheld in arbitration Tuesday, striking a blow against those hoping the Cowboys running back will have to miss minimal games this year.
The ruling by arbitrator Harold Henderson was first reported by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. There was reportedly a ” real chance” the suspension would be reduced, but that has obviously not happened for the former Ohio State running back.
Ezekiel Elliott 6 game suspension has been upheld by Harold Henderson, per source
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) September 6, 2017
This likely won’t be the end of Elliott’s supension saga though. The NFLPA has filed a temporary restraining order in Texas to block any suspension upheld by Henderson, but the NFL has already filed a motion to dismiss the case.
So now, Ezekiel Elliott awaits ruling from Texas court on his temporary restraining order. If granted, Cowboys likely to have him all year.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 6, 2017
"Ezekiel Elliott WILL play on Sunday"
– @TomPelissero on Gameday Season Preview fresh out of the courtroom
— Patrick Claybon (@PatrickClaybon) September 6, 2017
Elliott’s attorneys responded to the news, saying they were “extremely disappointed” with Henderson’s decision and that Elliott is “looking forward to having his day in federal court where the playing field will be level,” per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Statement from Ezekiel Elliott's attorneys: pic.twitter.com/6AhGr3QOzC
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 6, 2017
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