Court sides with NFL, not El­liott

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A fed­eral ap­peals court on Thurs­day cleared the way for the NFL to im­pose a six-game sus­pen­sion on Cow­boys run­ning back

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 last month. If El­liott’s le­gal team can’t put the sus­pen­sion on hold again, it will be­gin Oct. 22.

Ezekiel El­liott Harold Hen­der­son

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.

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

Michael Sig­nora,

game could be moved to Levi’s Sta­dium in Santa Clara. San Diego Mayor

has also of­fered the use of Qual­comm Sta­dium, where the Charg­ers used to play be­fore re­lo­cat­ing this sea­son to Los An­ge­les.

Kevin Faulconer Landry Jay Cut­ler Moore. Matthews

Dol­phins re­ceiver

lashed out at fans who lob­bied for quar­ter­back 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

Jarvis Matt

“Jay is our quar­ter­back, and we stand by him,” Landry said. “It’s em­bar­rass­ing as a player to have fans like that.”

The NFL, Pa­tri­ots, Raiders and Steel­ers will to­gether con­trib­ute $200,000 to sup­port dis­as­ter re­lief ef­forts fol­low­ing last month’s earth­quake in Mex­ico City. The Cow­boys have com­mit­ted $50,000 to the Sal­va­tion Army’s re­lief ef­forts in Mex­ico City to as­sist with cri­sis-in­ter­ven­tion ser­vices for vic­tims and first re­spon­ders . ... CB

Do­minique Rodger­sCro­mar­tie

was in­formed by Gi­ants coach

that his sus­pen­sion is in­def­i­nite. Rodgers-Cro­mar­tie was sus­pended Wed­nes­day for leav­ing the team fa­cil­ity be­fore prac­tice . ... Ti­tans WR

said on Twit­ter he would quit play­ing rather than ac­cept a fine or penalty if the NFL in­sti­tuted a new rule for the na­tional an­them, but he later deleted the tweet.

Ben McA­doo Rishard

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