Ezekiel Elliott's appeal hearing expected to last through Thursday

Ruben Hill
August 30, 2017

Sports' NFL insider Jarrett Bell explains what Ezekiel Elliott's options are after having his appeal started Tuesday.

Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott's appeal of his six-game suspension over a domestic violence incident is headed for a second day with no timeline for completion of the hearing.

Elliott's six-game ban stems exclusively from the league's investigation into the domestic violence allegations made by Thompson in July 2016, a league source told NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The NFL had conducted an investigation into the matter that spanned more than one year.

The appeal before arbitrator Harold Henderson is being held at an undisclosed location.

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According to Robinson, the NFL Players Association has a backup plan should Elliott's appeal prove unsuccessful.

Arbitrator Harold Henderson, who was appointed by National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell to hear the appeal, does not have a time frame in which to make a decision once the hearing concludes. The NFLPA has hired attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who oversaw Tom Brady's Deflategate appeal, and could take the case to federal court should it find a "potential procedural violation" during the appeal process. It is unclear if he will do so on Wednesday, or if he is expected to be present for the meeting.

The NFL handed down the initial ruling after investigating domestic violence allegations against Elliott that dated back to July 2016. In his lone statement since the suspension, he tweeted that he was "both surprised and disappointed" by the league's six-game ban and added "I strongly disagree with the League's findings".

The Cowboys should be able to survive without Elliott if his suspension is upheld, but they'll certainly miss Elliott's playmaking ability out of the backfield.

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