Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is currently allowed to take to the field, as his six-game suspension handed down by the NFL is on hold. For how long that stands — and if it will at all — is still to be determined by the legal system, but the NFLPA has fired back at the league after their latest legal move to claim Elliott should be suspended effective immediately and the stay of his suspension rendered ineffective.
“The notion that Elliott must suffer irreparable harm from an arbitral suspension before even seeking judicial relief has no precedent,” read the most recent motion. “The NFL identifies not one court that has turned away a petitioner in circumstances like these, where the arbitral process was exhausted and rendered nugatory, and irreparable harm was imminent.”
Elliott was cleared to play during the team’s opening week victory over the New York Giants, carrying the ball 24 times for 104 yards in his first game of the season. He is also in line to suit up again on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
At the end of the day, Elliott still stands to lose six games either during the 2017 year or next season by virtue of the league’s findings in his off-the-field incidents. Ultimately, the NFLPA does not want to see Elliott sidelined for any period of time, as is evident by their language.
“Court should defer to the district court’s careful fact finding: Elliott stands to lose nearly half a season in a career that is notoriously short and precarious, and competitive opportunities are irretrievable once lost.”