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Ezekiel Elliott | Running Back | #21

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (22) / 7/22/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 228
College: Ohio State
Drafted: 2016 / Rd. 1 (4) / DAL
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The NFL's motion to "stay the preliminary injunction" of Ezekiel Elliott‘s six-game suspension has been denied, leaving the injunction in place as the league appeals to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Or something. The Elliott case is getting so bogged down in legalese we're thinking about forcing one of our younger writers to go to law school. The matter appears to now be in the hands of the Fifth Circuit. A ruling is not expected any time soon, meaning Zeke will probably be available for all 16 2017 games. Sep 18 - 1:08 PM

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Ezekiel Elliott rushed nine times for eight yards in the Cowboys' Week 2 loss against the Broncos.

The Cowboys went away from their usual power-run offense, instead oddly deciding to spread it out. A lot of five-wide formations against a difficult pass defense hurt Elliott, and played into Denver's hands. Elliott struggled to get much of anything going as the offense was hardly on the field, unable to consistently convert on third down. It was one of Elliott's worst games as a pro. The Cardinals aren't an attackable Week 3 matchup, but the game script should be back in Dallas' favor. Elliott will bounce-back to top-three status.
Sep 17 - 8:49 PM

NFL has filed an appeal of Ezekiel Elliott's preliminary injunction.

This is not a major surprise, but it does again muddle Zeke's status. If the NFL wins the appeal and has the injunction thrown out, Elliott would have to begin serving his suspension. Appeals usually take several months, but the NFL has also requested a stay which would nullify the injunction right away, forcing Elliott to serve the suspension immediately. According to Daniel Wallach of the Sports Law Blog, it is unlikely the NFL will win a stay, but it is a concern. As of now, Elliott should be expected to play the rest of the season, but the drama is not over.
Sep 11 - 9:53 AM

Ezekiel Elliott rushed 24 times for 104 yards and caught five passes for 36 yards in Dallas' Week 1 win over the Giants.

Elliott looked sharp despite not playing much in the preseason. The Cowboys got out to an early lead and rode him to an easy win. Elliott didn't find the end-zone, but it was a workhorse performance against one of the better run defenses. Zeke is locked in as a top-five play against the Broncos in Week 2.
Sep 10 - 11:52 PM

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been granted a temporary restraining order from a Texas district court.

The court ruled Elliott didn't receive a "fundamentally fair hearing" from the NFL. The decision means he can play beyond Sunday night's game with the Giants. It's a huge win for the Cowboys after arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld Zeke's suspension. This is similar to the Tom Brady situation. There's a chance Elliott's case is denied in November, but he's expected to be available for the rest of the season.
Sep 8 - 6:22 PM

Suspended RB Ezekiel Elliott will play Week 1 against the Giants.

NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld Elliott's six-game ban after Elliott's appeal process came to a close on Tuesday evening. Since the appeal wasn't settled before 4 PM ET on Tuesday, Elliott is eligible to play Sunday night. A ruling on his temporary restraining order is expected by Friday evening. That's the next critical step in this process. Week 2 is completely up in the air.
Sep 5 - 8:46 PM

NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson has upheld Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension.

However, Elliott is still expected to play Sunday night against the Giants. Since the suspension appeal process wasn't finalized before 4 PM ET on Tuesday, the six-game ban is expected to be delayed until next week. The NFL allegedly admitted as much in court on Tuesday. This thing is far from over, and an intense legal battle between the NFL and NFLPA is just beginning. Elliott is awaiting ruling from Texas court on his temporary restraining order, which is expected Friday. If it's granted, Elliott could be available all year. If not, he'd likely serve his six-game ban. There's a number of ways this could still go.
Sep 5 - 8:23 PM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson isn't certain to reach a decision in Ezekiel Elliott's appeal on Tuesday.

Henderson has told the sides he's aiming for a Tuesday resolution, but that it might not be possible due to the "volume of material." It's never easy in the NFL. Fantasy owners can only sit tight.
Sep 5 - 3:12 PM

NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson expects to reach a decision on Ezekiel Elliott's appeal of his six-game suspension before the "close of business" on Tuesday.

Henderson has the power to vacate Elliott's ban outright, though that's unlikely. A reduction is also possible. Even if Henderson rules in the NFL's favor, Elliott has already filed a temporary restraining order as he takes the case to court. We won't have the final answer, but should receive something resembling clarity by early Tuesday evening.
Sep 5 - 1:13 PM

Updating a previous item, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Ezekiel Elliott can still be suspended for Week 1 even if NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson hands down a decision after 4 PM EST.

In other words, there is no deadline. That said, Elliott has a hearing on Tuesday evening regarding the temporary restraining order filed on his behalf by the NFLPA, so he could still be active Week 1 even if Henderson rules in favor of the NFL. Hopefully we have some clarity on his Week 1 status in the next 24 hours.
Sep 5 - 11:13 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Ezekiel Elliott will play Week 1 if NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson does not hand down a decision before 4 PM EST on Tuesday.

Even if Henderson decides not to vacate the suspension before the deadline, Elliott has a hearing on Tuesday regarding the temporary restraining order filed on his behalf by the NFLPA. It is not a lock Elliott suits up against the Giants on Sunday night, but it appears likely.
Sep 5 - 10:02 AM

NFL filed a motion to dismiss the federal case brought by the NFLPA in support of Ezekiel Elliott.

The NFLPA filed a petition to vacate Elliott's six-game suspension as well as requested a temporary restraining order last Friday. The NFL argues the Players' Association cannot seek relief from a decision which has yet to be made -- NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson has yet to decide on Elliott's appeal -- and the precedent set in Tom Brady's case means courts "have no business weighing the merits of the grievance (or) considering whether there is equity in a particular claim." Elliott plans to practice with the team on Tuesday in preparation for the Sunday Night opener, but there will certainly be many twists and turns in this saga before then.
Source: USA Today
Sep 5 - 9:12 AM

Profootballtalk.com reports NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson will not make a ruling on Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension on Monday.

It's a big disappointment, as reports had the Cowboys and the NFL Players Association "pushing" Henderson for a decision by tonight. Regardless, the Cowboys announced Monday that Zeke will practice on Tuesday with the team in preparation of playing on Sunday Night Football against the Giants. As of Monday afternoon, we still consider Elliott better than 50:50 to be out there Week 1.
Sep 4 - 5:01 PM

The NFL Players Association filed a temporary restraining order in Texas calling on the courts to block any suspension upheld by NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson.

It is a preemptive lawsuit designed to challenge the appeals process arising from Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension, and to ultimately block the six-game ban from being imposed by the league should Henderson approve all or part of the suspension. Per PFT's Mike Florio, who has an attorney background, the next step will involve a battle by Elliott to win a ruling that would delay any suspension until all litigation has concluded. The goal of Zeke's camp will be to get that ruling as soon as possible so that Elliott can play in Week 1. Based on the league's to-date bungling of the situation, we would at this point bet on Elliott playing against the Giants next Sunday night.
Sep 1 - 12:55 AM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill reports NFL lead investigator Kia Roberts recommended no suspension for Ezekiel Elliott.

It is notable because Roberts says she is the only NFL official who interviewed Elliott's accuser, and her recommendation was omitted from the NFL's report. Hill also reports Roberts was barred from a meeting discussing potential discipline, something the NFLPA believes was a serious flaw in the discipline process. She did testify during the appeals hearing, and her testimony among other things "improved" the likelihood Elliott's suspension is reduced or even overturned, according to Hill. Appeals officer Harold Henderson is reportedly "under pressure" to reach his decision by Monday, so hopefully we will know Zeke's fate in the next several days.
Aug 31 - 9:19 PM

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PosRoleName
QB1Dak Prescott
2Cooper Rush
RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Darren McFadden
3Alfred Morris
4Rod Smith
GLB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Darren McFadden
3RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Darren McFadden
FB1Keith Smith
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Ryan Switzer
WR21Terrance Williams
2Brice Butler
3Noah Brown
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2James Hanna
3Geoff Swaim
4Rico Gathers
LT1Tyron Smith
LG1Jonathan Cooper
2Chaz Green
C1Travis Frederick
2Joe Looney
RG1Zack Martin
2Byron Bell
RT1La'el Collins
K1Dan Bailey