Ezekiel Elliott speaks out: 'I'm not an abuser'

Nov 06, 2017, 00:32
Ezekiel Elliott speaks out: 'I'm not an abuser'

If a three-judge panel grants an injunction, Elliott will be allowed to play even while his appeal is heard by the Second Circuit and the suspension will once again be put off.

This is a reminder, as we hurtle toward December with no resolution, that the initial letter from Roger Goodell notifying Elliott of the suspension said, "You are hereby suspended without pay for six (6) regular season games, subject to appeal". Even though the National Football League has been given wide latitude in the discipline process, I'm not sure a court would find that they can actually change the clear language of suspension terms after the fact.

He will play against the Chiefs on Sunday.

But Jones says Elliott "has in no way, by any standard in this country, done anything wrong".

Elliott's ongoing "now-he's-suspended, now-he's-not" legal battle, and Friday's decision to make him eligible for Sunday, continues to risk that if his suspension eventually is reinstated permanently this season, the Cowboys would be without their best player for the stretch run of the season when they need him most. This is something I'm going to have to life with beyond football.

The Cowboys are near the top of the league in almost every offensive category, and over the past four games, they have averaged 414 yards and over 33 points per game, which are better than any team in the league has averaged this season.

Elliott's status had been uncertain most of the week, but not to the Chiefs.

Although no criminal charges were brought against Elliott, the National Football League announced that its own investigation uncovered enough evidence to warrant a six-game suspension. Elliott never was charged with a crime.

The Cowboys prepared Alfred Morris to be the starting running back with Darren McFadden and Rod Smith serving as backups prior to the reversal. In response, Elliott filed another request for a temporary restraining order, which was granted and allowed him to play in the past two games. That helps Dallas tremendously, but this still isn't a gimme for them as they face a great team on Sunday.

When asked what he thought about the NFL's opinion on the matter, Elliott indicated that he wouldn't go quietly if it came down to that.

The second year pro has rushed for 690 yards and six touchdowns in seven games. "Feel very confident in the other running backs that we have on our team. He's been playing awfully well here of late and excited to have him back".