Lat­est le­gal twist is against El­liott

Los Angeles Times - - NFL WEEK 6 - staff and wire re­ports

There was an­other twist Thurs­day in the le­gal bat­tle in­volv­ing Dal­las Cow­boys run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott, and this one fa­vors the NFL.

A fed­eral ap­peals court lifted an in­junc­tion that had blocked the league from pun­ish­ing El­liott, thereby paving the way for the orig­i­nal six-game sus­pen­sion to be im­posed. The sec­ondyear player, last sea­son’s rush­ing leader, is fac­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence ac­cu­sa­tions.

The 5th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals in New Or­leans granted an emer­gency re­quest by the NFL to lift the in­junc­tion and or­dered the district court in Texas that had im­posed it to dis­miss the case.

The in­junc­tion was put in place by a Texas judge who agreed with the ar­gu­ment of an NFL Play­ers Assn. at­tor­ney who said El­liott wasn’t given a fair chance in his ap­peals hear­ing.

The league ar­gued that it fol­lowed the rules of the la­bor deal and that the play­ers’ union im­prop­erly filed a law­suit be­fore the ap­peals process had even con­cluded.

The NFL an­nounced the sus­pen­sion in Au­gust af­ter a year-long in­ves­ti­ga­tion found that on three oc­ca­sions El­liott caused phys­i­cal in­jury to a girl­friend. El­liott has de­nied the charges.

The likely next step would be the NFLPA fil­ing an in­junc­tion in the South­ern District of New York in hopes of keep­ing El­liott on the field. The Cow­boys are off this week­end be­fore re­sum­ing play Oct. 22 at San Fran­cisco.

If the six-game sus­pen­sion were put in place im­me­di­ately, El­liott would not be able to play un­til af­ter the Cow­boys’ game against the Charg­ers on Thanks­giv­ing. — Sam Farmer Ben­gals’ Eifert out

Cincin­nati Ben­gals tight end Tyler Eifert will miss the rest of the sea­son with a back in­jury that has put his ca­reer in jeop­ardy.

The fifth-year vet­eran missed half of last sea­son with an­kle and back in­juries. He had surgery on a disk in his back last De­cem­ber. He ag­gra­vated it in the sec­ond game this sea­son, forc­ing him to con­sider an­other pro­ce­dure. He’s been in­ac­tive for the last three games and was put on in­jured re­serve Thurs­day.

The Ben­gals made Eifert the 21st over­all choice in the 2013 draft. He’s been one of Andy Dalton’s fa­vorite tar­gets but has been lim­ited by in­juries in his five sea­sons.


Sus­pended cor­ner­back Do­minique Rodgers-Cro­mar­tie has met with New York Gi­ants coach Ben McA­doo and has been told that his sus­pen­sion is in­def­i­nite. Play­ers can be sus­pended a max­i­mum of four weeks un­der the col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment . ... Den­ver quar­ter­back Pax­ton Lynch has re­sumed throw­ing af­ter al­most seven weeks and said that he aims to re­turn this sea­son . ... The NFL and the Pa­tri­ots, Raiders and Steel­ers will to­gether con­trib­ute $200,000 to sup­port dis­as­ter re­lief ef­forts fol­low­ing last month’s earth­quake in Mex­ico City.

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