Court sides with NFL, not Elliott
A federal appeals court on Thursday cleared the way for the NFL to impose a six-game suspension on Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott over domestic violence allegations, siding with the league in the latest high-profile fight over its ability to punish players for off-field actions.
In a 2-1 decision, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in New Orleans granted the league’s emergency request to set aside an injunction and ordered a district court in Texas to dismiss Elliott’s case.
Further appeals are possible. One of Elliott’s representatives didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
The most likely destination for further legal challenges from players union attorneys representing Elliott is with the Southern District of New York. The NFL filed in that federal court after Elliott’s NFL appeal was denied by arbitrator Harold Henderson last month. If Elliott’s legal team can’t put the suspension on hold again, it will begin Oct. 22.
The NFL is keeping an eye on the wildfires in Northern California and has been exploring options to move Sunday’s game between the Raiders and Chargers if it becomes necessary.
Michael Signora, the NFL’s vice president of football communications, said the league is getting updates on the situation from both teams and city officials in Oakland. Oakland, which is some 45 miles south of the fires, has been blanketed by smoke.
If the NFL decides that conditions in Oakland are too unhealthy to play, the game could be moved to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has also offered the use of Qualcomm Stadium, where the Chargers used to play before relocating this season to Los Angeles.
Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry lashed out at fans who lobbied for quarterback Jay Cutler to be benched, saying they’re an embarrassment to players.
Cutler drew jeers while struggling through much of the Dolphins’ 2017 home debut Sunday before his fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Landry helped beat the Titans 16-10. The crowd chanted repeatedly for backup quarterback Matt Moore.
“Jay is our quarterback, and we stand by him,” Landry said. “It’s embarrassing as a player to have fans like that.”
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