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Report: Ezekiel Elliott not interested in settlement, wants to clear name

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Ezekiel Elliott and the NFL are engaged in a war that could last the better part of a year, and there are conflicting reports about whether or not the two sides have explored the possibility of a settlement.

Sources told David Moore of the Dallas Morning News that Elliott’s camp and the NFL have floated the idea of a settlement, though the “level of sincerity” surrounding the discussions is unclear. Moore believes a settlement would make sense for a few reasons:

It can be argued both sides have inflicted enough harm on the other at this stage to be amenable to a settlement. Elliott can claim a reduced suspension is an admission that the NFL overreached, not an admission of guilt on his part. The NFL can acknowledge it made procedural mistakes in the investigation and process and avoid a potential negative ruling that would undermine future discipline.

While those may be valid points, Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Elliott has no interest in settling, as the star running back is determined to completely clear his name.

Elliott won the latest battle in court and was granted a temporary restraining order, which will allow him to play this weekend. The next step will be for a judge to decide within the next two weeks whether Elliott’s six-game suspension will stand or he will be granted a preliminary injunction.

Obviously, the nature of Elliott’s case is quite sensitive. If a settlement would involve him admitting he is in any way guilty of domestic violence, he probably isn’t interested. That said, there have been plenty of indications that the 22-year-old wants to put the case behind him.

Ezekiel Elliott receives temporary restraining order blocking suspension

Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension from the NFL is back off again.

Elliott was granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) by a district court judge in New York that blocks Elliott from being suspended.

The restraining order is good for 14 days, at which point the judge will rule on whether the suspension should stand or Elliott should be granted a preliminary injunction.

This news comes the same day that the fifth circuit denied a rehearing in the case.

Following this positive news, the running back is likely to play the team’s next two games — at San Francisco and then at Washington. Elliott has not missed a game this season despite an arbitration panel upholding a six-game suspension for a violation of the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.

Ezekiel Elliott loses latest appeal, remains suspended

Ezekiel Elliott

It would appear that Ezekiel Elliott is going to remain suspended for the next six games, as an injunction that was previously allowing the Dallas Cowboys running back to play has been lifted.

Elliott had previously been granted an injunction that blocked his six-game suspension, but judges from the 5th circuit ruled in the NFL’s favor last Thursday, citing a procedural issue with the way the NFLPA handled the case. Elliott’s camp responded by filing a petition for a rehearing, but the decision was upheld on Tuesday.

Without getting into too much legal jargon, the bottom line is that Elliott’s goose is basically cooked. There are still some legal avenues his attorneys and the NFLPA can explore, but the most likely outcome is that Elliott misses the next six games.

NFL insists Ezekiel Elliott suspension is ‘in place’ until further notice

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A federal court of appeals reinstated Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension last week, but there have been reports that the Dallas Cowboys running back is still eligible to play until his petition for a rehearing is resolved. The NFL insists those reports are inaccurate.

On Monday, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Elliott’s six-game ban is “in place” even if there are more legal issues to sort out in the coming days.

Elliott had previously been granted an injunction that blocked the suspension, but judges from the 5th circuit ruled in the NFL’s favor last Thursday, citing a procedural issue with the way the NFLPA handled the case. Elliott’s camp responded by filing a petition for a rehearing, and one report claimed a judge informed the NFL and NFLPA that the injunction allowing Elliott to play would not be lifted until the appeal is filed and resolved.

It’s hard to keep up with all the legal terminology, and the Cowboys were on a bye in Week 6. The NFL will likely push for the courts to make a decision before next weekend, but Lockhart’s comments indicate Elliott is currently suspended in the eyes of the league.

Report: Ezekiel Elliott will be allowed to play until rehearing resolved

Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is not out of the woods, but he got a little bit of good news regarding the legal process surrounding his suspension.

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk reported Saturday that Elliott will be allowed to play until the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rules on Elliott’s petition for a rehearing of his case.

The Fifth Circuit had ruled against Elliott, but his legal team is seeking a full rehearing. He may not succeed, but at least until that petition is considered, he’ll be good to play.

Ezekiel Elliott’s lawyers ‘exploring all’ legal options

Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension for a violation of the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy was reinstated on Thursday after a 5th circuit district court lifted an injunction that was blocking the suspension. Just because the suspension is back on does not mean that the lawyers for the Dallas Cowboys running back are done fighting.

Elliott’s lawyer Frank Salzano said in a statement Thursday that the legal team is exploring all of their legal options.

The ruling from the three-judge panel made it clear they felt the NFLPA jumped the gun by filing a motion prior to the arbitration hearing for Elliott’s appeal had ended. There are also questions about the location of where Elliott filed.

One option Elliott’s team could explore would be filing for a temporary restraining order in New York.

As of Thursday, Elliott is no longer allowed at the Cowboys’ facility. He would be eligible to return to the team on Nov. 24.

Ezekiel Elliott suspension reinstated by court of appeals

Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension was reinstated Thursday after a federal court of appeals lifted an injunction that blocked the suspension.

A federal judge in Texas had previously blocked the suspension, which was allowing Elliott to play while the matter was under appeal. A panel of three judges from the 5th circuit voted 2-1 to reinstate the suspension.

In their full decision (which can be read here), the judges made it clear they feel there was a procedural issue with the way the NFLPA handled the case. The NFLPA filed a motion to block the suspension before the arbitration hearing about Elliott’s suspension had even rendered a decision. There is also a question about the location of where Elliott’s group filed their motion.

Elliott still could explore further legal options, such as filing a request for a temporary restraining order in New York.

Elliott was suspended six games by the league for a violation of the Personal Conduct Policy relating to his involvement in domestic violence allegations made by his ex-girlfriend. Prosecutors in Ohio opted not to charge him after investigating the case.

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