Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension has been enforced, and he is going to miss six games in total for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Even after the long court battle between the league and Elliott’s team, the NFL managed to win the case. Star RB has already missed the game against the Atlanta Falcons, which the Cowboys lost.
“In consultation with the NFLPA and his lawyers, and after careful deliberation and review of the recent Second Circuit decisions, Mr. Elliott has decided to forgo any further appeals and will serve the remaining suspension,” Elliott’s agents, Rocky Arceneaux and Frank Salzano, said in a statement. “This decision arises from a practical assessment of the current legal landscape. Mr. Elliott’s desire for closure in this matter is in his best interests, as well as the best interests of his teammates, family and friends.”
“This decision is in no way an admission of any wrongdoing, and Mr. Elliott is pleased that the legal fight mounted by him and his team resulted in the disclosure of many hidden truths regarding this matter, as well public exposure of the NFL’s mismanagement of its disciplinary process. Mr. Elliott will maximize this time away from the game and come back even stronger both on and off the field. He intends to release a final personal statement in the upcoming weeks and until then we have no further comment.”
There are five games left until Elliott returns, and on Sunday, Dallas Cowboys are facing the Philadelphia Eagles. The other four games will be against the Los Angeles Chargers, Washington Redskins, New York Giants and Oakland Raiders. It would be tough for Dallas even with Elliott, and this will be a heavy streak without him in the backfield.
Elliott will be eligible to play in Week 16 when the Cowboys are facing the Seattle Seahawks on Christmas Eve. This could be a significant duel for both of the teams if everything goes according to the plan. The Seahawks currently have a 6-3 record, whereas the America’s Team has a 5-4 record.
It is obvious that Dallas will not defend the NFC East title they won last year since Philadelphia is 8-1. Speaking of which, Dallas’ final game of the season will be against the Eagles. As for Elliott, he is replaced by Alfred Morris who had 53 yards on 11 carries and hopefully he can improve in the upcoming games.