Player News - Cowboys

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Ezekiel Elliott has a hearing in New York Tuesday afternoon regarding his request for a temporary restraining order.

We are as confused about all of this as you, but we think Elliott is pursuing an injunction similar to the one which allowed him to play the first five games, an injunction thrown out last week by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Even though the hearing is on Tuesday, it is unclear if Judge Paul A. Crotty will issue a ruling before Sunday's game against the 49ers. Elliott's outlook remains as clear as mud.
Oct 17 - 12:46 PM

NFL spokesperson Joe Lockhart said Ezekiel Elliott's suspension is "in place."

"Anyone who tells you otherwise is not accurate," Lockhart added. There have been several conflicting readings of the various court decisions regarding Elliott in the last week, but the NFL is clear on their position. Ultimately, it probably will not matter as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is likely to decide on Zeke's request for a full panel rehearing early this week. This saga still has a ways to go.
Oct 16 - 12:37 PM

The NFLPA will ask for a full panel rehearing of Ezekiel Elliott's case with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Elliott could also get his injunction stayed while the request is considered. It means he could potentially play as the legal process draws itself out. There's no guarantee Elliott's appeal is granted after the same court ruled against him. As of now, Elliott is set to be suspended through Week 12.
Source: ESPN
Oct 13 - 8:50 PM

Cowboys.com's Bryan Broaddus expects Darren McFadden to be the lead back with Ezekiel Elliott suspended.

Alfred Morris has been the No. 2 back, but McFadden is a favorite of owner Jerry Jones. McFadden offers more of an Elliott skill set and could move ahead of Morris with Dallas on their bye. Morris should still be the favorite to start if Elliott's suspension holds, but it's far from a lock.
Oct 13 - 6:31 PM

NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart confirmed Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension is now in effect.

"Mr. Elliott is now suspended," Lockhart said. "He will not play over the next six games unless there’s some other affirmative judgement." With another nine days before the Cowboys play their next game, it's very possible there is "other affirmative judgement" coming, but we don't have law degrees here at Rotoworld and are fighting through the verbiage with the rest of you. For now, Elliott owners need to be making plans to not have him until Week 13, but that's not set in stone. Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris need to be added in all formats.
Oct 13 - 9:55 AM

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated Ezekiel Elliott's temporary injunction, thereby reinstating his suspension, though Elliott is expected to immediately file a new appeal.

In the words of the Dallas Morning News' Katie Hairopoulos, the NFL "wins this round," but Elliott will seek a new injunction from the Southern District of New York. It's unclear what his odds are of getting it. At least for now, Elliott's six-game suspension is free to take hold, but things could be different by this time next week. The Cowboys are on bye for Week 6. In a league prone to opaque legal sagas, Elliott's is setting a new standard. If Elliott's suspension actually does take hold for Week 7, Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden would likely form a committee. Morris is probably the slightly better add. The truth is, there is zero clarity.
Oct 12 - 4:37 PM

NFL Network's Jane Slater reports Sean Lee (hamstring) participated in Wednesday's practice.

The Cowboys are on bye this week, so they do not have to release a practice report. That said, Lee getting in any work is a great sign he will be ready to go Week 7. Getting Lee back would be a big boost for a struggling defense.
Oct 12 - 10:52 AM

Cowboys DT Stephen Paea informed the team he is retiring after seven seasons.

Paea played 145 largely ineffective snaps Weeks 1-4, but didn't see the field Week 5 against the Packers. That likely had a lot to do with DT David Irving coming back from suspension. It's still a blow to Dallas' depth. A former second-rounder of the Bears, Paea also played for the Redskins and Browns.
Oct 11 - 2:59 PM

Cowboys LB Damien Wilson has been cleared of aggravated assault charges stemming from an incident on July 4.

Wilson backed a truck into a woman and was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He kept his job through all of it and has been in on 93 defensive snaps while playing special teams.
Oct 11 - 10:39 AM

Terrance Williams hauled in 2-of-3 targets for 14 yards in the Cowboys' Week 5 loss to the Packers.

Williams' most impactful play came on a pick-six which he let bounce right off his hands. The Cowboys should seriously think about giving Brice Butler a bigger role.
Oct 8 - 9:04 PM

Brice Butler caught both of his targets for 57 yards in the Cowboys' Week 5 loss to the Packers.

Butler got loose for a 49-yard gain in the scramble drill in the first quarter, but he was not targeted again until late in the game. Butler has made some big plays and scored two touchdowns the last three games, but he is not getting enough volume to be a real fantasy option.
Oct 8 - 9:01 PM

Jason Witten hauled in 8-of-10 targets for 61 yards in the Cowboys' Week 5 loss to the Packers.

After two dreadful games, Witten returned to his security blanket role against the Packers, consistently operating as the check-down option all game. It did not result in many fantasy points in standard formats, but PPR owners will take the catches. Witten will be a low-end TE1 against the 49ers when the Cowboys return from their bye.
Oct 8 - 9:00 PM

Dez Bryant hauled in 5-of-8 targets for 52 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' Week 5 loss to the Packers.

It was another disappointing outing for Bryant in what looked like a great spot. Bryant did score his third touchdown of the year on a great throw from Dak Prescott in the second quarter, but he was almost nonexistent in the second half and could not come down with an end-zone target late in the game. Still, Bryant's touchdown upside will keep him in the WR1 mix against the 49ers after the bye.
Oct 8 - 8:46 PM

Cole Beasley hauled in 4-of-6 targets for 23 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboys' Week 5 loss to the Packers.

Scoreless since Week 11 of last season, Beasley was not a good bet to pop up with a multi-touchdown game, but he managed the feat in the first half of this one. He also came up with what looked like a massive third-down conversion late in the game, but he was ruled short on review. Ezekiel Elliott was able to pick up the first down on the next play. Despite the good game, Beasley was still held below 40 yards, as he has in every game this season. He will not be a fantasy option when the Cowboys return from their Week 6 bye.
Oct 8 - 8:42 PM

Ezekiel Elliott rushed 29 times for 116 yards and caught one pass for 16 yards in the Cowboys' Week 5 loss to the Packers.

Elliott did not do much in the first half, rushing for just 30 yards on 14 carries, but he got going with 36 yards on back-to-back carries in the fourth quarter. He saved his best work for last, gaining 35 yards on a drive which both bled almost nine minutes off the clock and scored the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth. It was not enough as Aaron Rodgers led yet another game-winning drive, but Elliott did all he could. The Cowboys are on bye next week, but Elliot gets a nice matchup with the 49ers after that.
Oct 8 - 8:38 PM


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