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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Ezekiel Elliott has good chance to play entire 2017 season

Ezekiel Elliott

The Ezekiel Elliott domestic violence case appears as though it may play out quite similarly to Tom Brady’s Deflategate case, and that could mean Elliott will not miss a game during the 2017 season.

Elliott’s appeal of his six-game suspension was denied earlier this week, but he is eligible to play in Week 1 because the decision was announced so late. His next step was to file a petition for a temporary restraining order, which would allow him to keep playing if he pursues the case in court. ESPN’s Will Cain spoke with one former district attorney who believes Elliott’s petition will be granted by Judge Amos Mazzant.

If you remember, the same thing happened with Brady. His four-game suspension was upheld by an arbitrator, but Brady was granted a stay that allowed him to keep playing while he challenged the ruling in court. Brady ended up playing the entire 2015 season and was eventually suspended for the first four games of 2016.

While domestic violence and alleged ball deflating are in no way similar acts, the process may play out almost identically for Elliott. Perhaps that is what Jerry Jones was referring to recently when he made some remarks that sounded optimistic.

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