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  • Exclusive: Judge Gets NFL To Concede Cowboys Zeke In For Week 1

    according to the NFL’s Tuesday night courtroom answer to a question from Federal Judge Amos Mazzant,Ezekiel Elliott will be eligible to play for the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1 against the New York Giants,Authentic Chaz Green Jersey, sources tell CowboysHQ.com.

    there is still no definitive ruling from the Sherman,Authentic Taco Charlton Jersey, Texas judge regarding the motion filed by the NFLPA for a temporary restraining order to be imposed against the NFL's six-game suspension of the star running back,Authentic Chidobe Awuzie Jersey,At we write this,Authentic Jourdan Lewis Jersey, who stands accused by the NFL of domestic violence meriting a six-game suspension.

    Sources tell me the NFL lawyers were “hesitant to respond’’ to the question,Authentic Ryan Switzer Jersey, but their answer is clear and on the court record: Elliott’s fate for Week 1 will not be impacted by however arbiter Harold Henderson eventually rules regarding the player’s appeal of the six-game punishment … and the first game Elliott could miss will be Week 2 at Denver.

    while commissioner Roger Goodell and his investigators seem guilty of sloppiness,Both sides continue to play legal chess with one another. But as we wrote in preparation for this court date, a real courtroom can be a sharp and pointed place.

    Ezekiel Elliott's 6-game suspension upheld, but he'll play Sunday

    A six-game suspension handed down last month for Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott was upheld, the league announced Tuesday evening.

    who was appointed to hear Elliott’s appeal of the suspension, announced his decision Tuesday evening,Former NFL executive Harold Henderson, three-and-a-half weeks after the suspension was handed down.

    The 22-year-old running back will still be eligible to play in the Cowboys’ season opener. The NFL has delayed the suspension due to the timing of the arbitration ruling.

    Elliott's lawyers released a statement saying he "looks forward to his day in federal court where the playing field will be level and the NFL will have to answer for its unfair and unjust actions."

    A decision on the restraining order is expected by Friday at 5 p.m., according to court notes from the country clerk.

    the NFL said it believed Elliott used “physical force” on multiple occasions in July of last year. The letter cited, photographic,In a letter notifying Elliott of his suspension on Aug. 11, electronic and medical evidence to back the decision.

    During a three-day appeal hearing Aug. 29-31,Womens Chaz Green Jersey, Elliott’s representatives provided evidence they claimed would controvert the league’s findings during its 13-month investigation.

    the NFL’s director of investigations,Womens Taco Charlton Jersey,Among the evidence presented by Elliott’s camp was the the recommendation from Kia Roberts,Womens Chidobe Awuzie Jersey, that Elliott receive no suspension.

    Roberts is the only person who spoke with Elliott’s accuser during the initial investigation,Womens Jourdan Lewis Jersey, but was reportedly barred from the meeting during which Roger Goodell and three executives came to the decision to suspend Elliott for six games.

    The NFL Players Association cited those “startling findings” when it filed its petition in a federal court on Sept. 1 asking Henderson to vacate any discipline against the Cowboys running back.

    “[Roberts] was prohibited from conveying her views to both Commissioner Roger Goodell and the advisory committee that was paneled to make recommendations to the Commissioner,Womens Ryan Switzer Jersey,” the NFLPA said in a release.

    The lawsuit calls the NFL’s appeals process “fundamentally unfair” and accuses NFL Senior Vice President of Investigations Lisa Friel of withholding information, according to the Associated Press.

    The AP reported the Goodell was aware of Roberts’ concerns when the suspension was handed down.

    The credibility of Elliott’s accuser was called into question throughout the investigation and appeal process. On a police report in Columbus, she listed her occupation as “sex slave.” Talk of partying, Ohio, drug use, and “rough sex” surfaced during Elliott’s appeal hearing as he tried to clear his name.

    Ultimately, the league decided the evidence against Elliott was enough to conclude he had committed at least one act of domestic violence. A six-game suspension is the league’s standard for a first-time domestic violence offense.

    If Elliott’s restraining order is not granted and he sits out for six games, he would first be available to play in the Cowboys’ Week 9 game against the Kansas City Chiefs on November 5th. Dallas has a bye week in Week 6.

    a sports attorney,Daniel Wallach, said that if Elliott is granted an injunction it would likely cover the entire 2017 season as the NFL's appeal would take months.
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