Union fires back at league on El­liott case

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - PACKERS GAMEDAY -

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.

MATTHEW EMMONS / USA TODAY SPORTS

Ezekiel El­liott (right) is play­ing for the Dal­las Cow­boys while his ap­peal process of his six-game sus­pen­sion con­tin­ues.

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