NFL mov­ing quickly to re­verse halt on El­liott’s six-game ban

Truro Daily News - - SPORTS - By ScHuyler Dixon THE AS­So­CI­ATED PRESS

The NFL is mov­ing quickly in hopes of re­vers­ing a fed­eral judge’s de­ci­sion that blocked the league’s six-game sus­pen­sion of Dal­las run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott over a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence case in Ohio.

The league on Mon­day asked the judge who ruled in El­liott’s favour to stop the pre­lim­i­nary in­junc­tion that cleared last year’s NFL rush­ing leader to play while the case is in court. A no­tice of ap­peal was also filed with the 5th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Appeals in New Or­leans.

The NFL’s lat­est fil­ings came about 12 hours af­ter El­liott rushed for 104 yards in the Cow­boys’ 19-3 win over the New York Gi­ants at home Sun­day night.

“Just re­lieved from the fact that I fi­nally get a fair trial,” El­liott said af­ter the game in his first public com­ments since be­fore the Cow­boys re­ported for train­ing camp in July. “I fi­nally get a chance to prove my in­no­cence. And I’m just happy I’m able to be with these guys for as long as it’s per­mit­ted and just not hav­ing to miss time and not be­ing away from them.”

The 22-year-old El­liott was suspended by Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell last month, and at­tor­neys with the NFL Play­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion con­tended that El­liott didn’t get New York Gi­ants’ Odell Beck­ham Jr., left, and Dal­las Cow­boys’ Ezekiel El­liott greet each other at mid­field af­ter a game in Ar­ling­ton, Texas.

a fair hear­ing in an ap­peal that was de­nied. El­liott had al­ready been cleared to play in the sea­son opener when U.S. Dis­trict Judge Amos Maz­zant granted a tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der and in­junc­tion block­ing the sus­pen­sion Fri­day.

The case could play out for months.

New Eng­land quar­ter­back Tom Brady’s four-game sus­pen­sion over “De­flate­gate” was de­layed by a year when a fed­eral judge ruled in his favour. Brady served the sus­pen­sion to start last sea­son af­ter an appeals court re­versed the rul­ing and backed Good­ell’s author­ity to sus­pend him.

If Maz­zant de­nies the emer­gency

re­quest to put his own rul­ing on hold pend­ing fur­ther hearings, the NFL could make a sim­i­lar ar­gu­ment to the appeals court in hopes of get­ting a hear­ing within days.

With­out an NFL win on an emer­gency re­quest in ei­ther court, the time­line could mean that El­liott is clear to play his en­tire sec­ond sea­son af­ter he led the league in rush­ing as a rookie.

“It may be dif­fi­cult for the NFL to con­vince the 5th Cir­cuit that this is truly an emer­gency,” said Gabe Feld­man, di­rec­tor of the sports law pro­gram at Tu­lane Univer­sity Law School. “The ar­gu­ment here is that the NFL could later en­force the sus­pen­sion.”

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