Court up­holds El­liott sus­pen­sion

Los Angeles Times - - NFL WEEK 10 - staff and wire re­ports

A three-judge panel ac­com­plished Thurs­day what lots of NFL teams have tried and failed to do.

The judges shut down Ezekiel El­liott.

The star run­ning back for the Dal­las Cow­boys failed in his ef­fort to have the judges from the U.S. 2nd Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals block the six-game sus­pen­sion he’s fac­ing amid do­mes­tic vi­o­lence al­le­ga­tions.

The judges said El­liott “failed to meet the req­ui­site stan­dard” in mak­ing his case against the NFL. The judges granted him an ex­pe­dited ap­peal of the rul­ing, but no date was set for that hear­ing.

That cleared the way for the NFL to im­pose the sus­pen­sion, start­ing with Sun­day’s game against At­lanta. As it stands, El­liott would not be el­i­gi­ble to re­turn to the Cow­boys un­til they play Seat­tle on Christ­mas Eve. — Sam Farmer Good­ell ex­ten­sion ex­pected to be OKd

The NFL ex­pects a fiveyear con­tract ex­ten­sion with Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell to be fi­nal­ized soon, de­spite a threat­ened law­suit by Cow­boys owner Jerry Jones.

NFL spokesman Joe Lock­hart said that “our ex­pec­ta­tion is this will be wrapped up soon, but we can’t project an ac­tual date.”

The ex­ten­sion would carry through 2024. Good­ell be­came com­mis­sioner in 2006.

Lock­hart added that the league is aware of Jones’ po­ten­tial law­suit, which ap­par­ently has been sparked by El­liott’s six-game sus­pen­sion.

“Cer­tainly nei­ther the com­pen­sa­tion com­mit­tee or the league has been made aware of a law­suit be­ing filed,” he said.

As for re­ports that Jones and other own­ers might be balk­ing at the struc­ture and com­pen­sa­tion in the new con­tract, Lock­hart noted: “I am say­ing the re­port­ing about po­ten­tial hold­outs around par­tic­u­lar is­sues has not been ac­cu­rate. I don’t know where it is com­ing from?”

All 32 own­ers voted in May to ex­tend Good­ell’s con­tract and au­tho­rized the com­pen­sa­tion com­mit­tee to work out the de­tails. Good­ell sus­pended El­liott in Au­gust af­ter a year­long NFL in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Jones, who is not on the com­pen­sa­tion com­mit­tee but is one of the most pow­er­ful own­ers in the league, has ex­pressed frus­tra­tion over the NFL’s pur­suit of crim­i­nal mat­ters with its own in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Colts re­lease Davis

The In­di­anapo­lis Colts re­leased two-time Pro Bowl corner­back Von­tae Davis less than 24 hours af­ter Davis took his com­plaints about the or­ga­ni­za­tion pub­lic.

Davis said Wed­nes­day he felt dis­re­spected by the way the Colts han­dled his de­mo­tion and that he wasn’t play­ing at his typ­i­cally high level be­cause of a groin in­jury that hadn’t com­pletely healed.

Colts gen­eral man­ager Chris Bal­lard told a lo­cal sports talk show Wed­nes­day that the Colts were un­aware the in­jury had lin­gered and Davis was prob­a­bly speak­ing out of frus­tra­tion be­cause he hadn’t played up to his usu­ally high stan­dards the last cou­ple of weeks.

Etc.

The New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots claimed tight end Martel­lus Ben­nett off waivers a day af­ter he was cut by the Green Bay Pack­ers for “fail­ing to dis­close a phys­i­cal con­di­tion.” ... Mi­ami Dol­phins de­fen­sive tackle Ndamukong Suh sat out prac­tice be­cause of a knee in­jury but said he hopes to play Mon­day at Carolina. Right tackle Ja’Wuan James’ left ham­string in­jury could be a long-term is­sue, and he’s un­der­go­ing fur­ther med­i­cal eval­u­a­tion.

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