Union fires back at league on Elliott case
The back-and-forth between the NFL Players Association and the NFL in Ezekiel Elliott’s appeal process continued Saturday.
The NFLPA made its argument against the NFL’s six-game suspension of Elliott with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The NFLPA said that while there would be no irreparable harm to the NFL if the Dallas Cowboys running back continues playing while the legal battle goes on, the opposite could be said for the impact an immediate suspension would have on Elliott.
The NFLPA noted Saturday that Elliott “stands to lose nearly half a season in a career that is notoriously short and precarious, and competitive opportunities are irretrievable once lost.” The players’ union also reiterated that the NFL’s discipline process is unfair and inconsistent. It also re-presented its stance that the league conspired to suppress exculpatory evidence from the beginning of the appeal process. U.S. District Court Judge
Amos Mazzant, the same judge who granted a temporary injunction
last week, had a similar stay request in front of him already. Elliott was suspended for six games last month after a year-long investigation over domestic violence allegations, a decision Mazzant ruled was “fundamentally unfair.”
In a filing on Wednesday, the NFL asked Mazzant for an expiated ruling on its stay request, but Mazzant hadn’t ruled as of Friday morning. Vikings activate QB Sloter:
With starting quarterback Sam
Bradford listed as questionable for Sunday’s game with a knee injury, the Minnesota Vikings have signed quarterback Kyle Sloter from their practice squad. Backup quarterback Case Keenum would start in Pittsburgh if Bradford cannot play.
Bradford played one of the best games of his career in a seasonopening victory over New Orleans on Monday night. But he was limited in practice this week after coming out of the game with an injured left knee. Beckham’s status still in doubt: The question of the day at New York Giants practice Saturday remained: Will Odell Beckham Jr. play Monday night against
the Detroit Lions?
The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver is hobbled by a high ankle sprain suffered in the second preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. He missed last Sunday’s 19-3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys and was questionable on the team’s injury report Saturday. His participation in the light practice session was once again limited. Rams to activate Donald: Aaron Donald is set to play his first game since ending his holdout from the Los Angeles Rams.
The Rams moved Donald from the exempt list to the active roster Saturday, clearing the way for the all-pro defensive lineman to start Sunday against Washington.
Donald returned to the Rams one week ago, ending his fourmonth holdout after failing to get a new deal. He is under contract through 2018. Watt helps raise $37 million: J.J. W att’s fund for Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston raised more than $37 million before it was closed Friday at the request of the NFL star, according to YouCaring, the company that handled the online donations.
Ezekiel Elliott (right) is playing for the Dallas Cowboys while his appeal process of his six-game suspension continues.