National Football League not looking to make deal with Ezekiel Elliott

Ruben Hill
October 22, 2017

However, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans had ruled the decision to be knocked down and the National Football League put Elliott on the suspended list this past Friday. The latest decision will make Elliott eligible to play at least in this Sunday's game when Dallas is on the road at San Francisco.

Elliott lost his appeal to an NFL-appointed arbitrator and then took his appeal to the courts. As a result, the National Football League reinstated Elliott's six-game suspension, and it appeared at that time Elliott would be sitting out the next six games.

The Dallas Morning News reported Elliott's camp and the league "discussed the possibility of a settlement", but it sounds like the NFL came away from those discussions disinterested. National Football League spokesman Joe Lockhart indicated the same in a conference call with reporters Friday. "We're very confident our arguments will prevail in court later this month", via Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio.

From Elliott's perspective, it would be possible to accept a short suspension (one or two games) for pulling down the top of a woman at a St. Patrick's Day parade earlier this year.

The Dallas Morning News' David Moore reports Ezekiel Elliott and the National Football League have "discussed the possibility of a settlement". U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty granted the latest restraining order pending a hearing from the presiding judge Katherine Polk Failla who is now on vacation.

After Judge Paul Crotty granted a temporary restraining order allowing Elliott to play this Sunday against the 49ers, the new date for Judge Katherine Fallia to decide whether or not the Cowboys running back can play the rest of the season is now set for Monday, October 30 at 10 a.m. ET.

Zeke's restraining order, apparently issued by a "fill-in" judge, is for 14 days.

The Oct. 30 date is a placeholder until Failla returns and firms up the schedule. Unbelievable. So it appears Elliott will also be good for Week 8. Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris won't be playable this week.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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