NFLPA files petition in defense of Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott (21) walks to the sideline during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)
(AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

As the pendulum between suspending Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and finding a way to keep him on the field continues to swing between the legal system and the NFLPA, a petition was filed on Friday afternoon for the 5th Circuit to hold a rehearing in Elliott’s case.

“The National Football League Management Council did not confer with the National Football League Players Association before submitting its letter to the Court. If it had, the NFLPA would have informed the NFLMC that it intends to petition the Fifth Circuit for rehearing en banc,” read the petition filed by the NFLPA.

“And, in the event the Fifth Circuit grants the NFLPA’s petition for rehearing, the mandate will be stayed. While the Fifth Circuit proceedings persist, the NFLPA respectfully submits that there is no basis for the Court to lift its informal stay of the action.

On Thursday, it was announced that Elliott could be heading towards the six-game suspension that had been at the very least, delayed, earlier this year. The decision was originally handed down just before the start of the 2017 season, meaning he would have been suspended for all of the game’s he has appeared in up to this point.

Over the first five games of the year, he has carried the ball 105 times for 393 yards and two touchdowns, adding another score as a receiver. Should his suspension take effect with next weekend’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, he would be eligible to return on Nov. 30 against the Washington Redskins.

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