National Football League spokesman admits it's 'possible' Ezekiel Elliott will play all of 2017

Faith Castro
September 14, 2017

With the injunction granted on Friday, Elliott likely will be able to continue playing as the legal process plays out.

Luckily for Elliott, a judge in Texas granted a preliminary injunction for the Dallas Cowboys running back on Friday, which might allow him to play the entire season even though he received a six-game suspension.

In response to Mazzant's ruling, the National Football League issued its own statement on Friday: 'We strongly believe that the investigation and evidence supported the Commissioner's decision and that the process was meticulous and fair throughout.

It was just another 100-yard game for Ezekiel Elliott who ran like a carefree Dallas Cowboys rusher on Sunday and not the polarising player who is facing potential suspension from the NFL.

Ezekiel Elliott and the NFL are preparing for a legal battle, and the league is publicly acknowledging that it may take a while to sort out.

Mazzant gave Elliott and his lawyers from the NFL Players Association until Wednesday to respond to the NFL's request for a stay.

In the meantime, we will be left to read the report of the league's investigation, to read the union's allegations about the process, to read the court's rulings and then decide for ourselves.

The runningback was found to be in violation of the personal conduct policy by the NFL and his appeal through league arbitration channels was denied. In the Deflategate case, for example, Tom Brady played the entire 2015 season after a district court vacated his suspension from the National Football League, but ended up sitting out the four games to start the 2016 season when the U.S. Court of Appeals reinstated the NFL's discipline.

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Arbitrator Harold Henderson turned down Elliott's appeal of the suspension the same day as the hearing in federal court.

The judge also faulted the league for what he saw as several efforts to hide the opinion of co-lead investigator Kia Roberts. Roberts, who interviewed Elliott's accuser, came to the conclusion she "was not credible in her allegations of abuse". "The answer is he did not", Mazzant wrote in his ruling.

He would face more irreparable harm by missing games this year, if he ultimately wins the case, which is why Mazzant ruled initially in his favor. There are plenty of things they can still cleanup and get better at, but overall it was an impressive start. But I thought as the game wore on, he made a lot of big plays, both with his feet and with his arm, from the pocket and out the pocket.

Elliott was accused of domestic violence by a former girlfriend but police and prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio did not file charges.

"It's definitely been a tough last 14 months", Elliott said. He hasn't spoken publicly about why he sits for the anthem, but coach Jack Del Rio said his running back has told him he has done it throughout his career.

Just consider the alternative and what the Dallas offense is without Elliott.

However, when the Cowboys defeated the Giants on Sunday, Elliott answered his first questions in almost three months, and as expected, most of the questions were about his suspension and investigation itself.

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