The Dallas Cowboys are looking at a lot of time to be without star running back Ezekiel Elliott, depending on how the appeal of his six-game suspension goes. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, that appeal may run through Thursday of this week.
Ezekiel Elliott's appeal of his six-game suspension with the NFL is scheduled to last through Thursday, per a source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 30, 2017
Elliott was suspended in early August due to a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy. The 21-year-old, who started 15 games as a rookie last season, released a statement shortly after the announcement of his six-game suspension expressing his thoughts on the decision.
“I am both surprised and disappointed by the NFL’s decision today, and I strongly disagree with the League’s findings.
“I recognize the distraction and disruption that all of this has caused my family, friends, teammates, the Dallas Cowboys organization as well as my fans — for that I am sincerely sorry.
“I admit that I am far from perfect, but I plan to continue to work very hard, on and off the field, to mature and earn the great opportunity that I have been given.”
On Monday, it was learned that Elliott and the NFL Players Association believe that procedural violations were made on the part of the NFL, which could open the door for Elliott to take his case to federal court. If the six-game suspension is upheld going into this season, the NFLPA and Elliott reportedly are expected to file a lawsuit against the NFL.
Jeffrey Kessler, who represented New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the Deflategate case, will represent Elliott during his appeal hearing, according to Yahoo Sports sources.