LANDOVER, Maryland — Dallas Cowboys operating again Ezekiel Elliott is not going to fly again to Dallas along with his teammates after Sunday’s 33-19 win in opposition to the Washington Redskins. As a substitute he’ll head to New York to attend a preliminary injunction listening to that might determine whether or not he stays on the sector for the remainder of the season or is compelled to overlook the subsequent six video games.
Elliott attended the same listening to in Sherman, Texas, earlier than the season began when he first on a preliminary injunction that was finally vacated by the appellate court docket.
“We’re badured in our argument,” Elliott mentioned. “We’re badured that I will be on the sector for the remainder of the yr.”
Elliott and the Cowboys may have their reply early within the week, relying on when Choose Katherine Fallia guidelines. If Elliott doesn’t win the injunction, he may attraction to the Second Circuit Court docket of Appeals to proceed to play.
“I imply it is actually out of my fingers,” Elliott mentioned. “There’s nothing extra I can management. Simply belief my authorized staff that they will do their job and ensure I am on the sector subsequent week.”
Elliott has mentioned he’s combating for his identify after the NFL handed down a six-game suspension for violating the non-public conduct coverage with what the league believes is persuasive proof that he dedicated home violence in opposition to a former girlfriend in July 2016. The Columbus, Ohio, authorities didn’t press costs in opposition to Elliott.
The court docket struggle now could be extra in regards to the course of concerned that led Commissioner Roger Goodell to levy a suspension.
“What’s vital is he will get a good shake,” proprietor and normal supervisor Jerry Jones mentioned. “Zeke has by no means, by any commonplace on this nation, completed something mistaken. He is completed nothing mistaken. We, the league, have tried to say he is completed one thing we disagree with. All of us do not agree with that. I need him to get a good shot. He deserves that. As a matter of reality each one in every of us that is part of this league, if hastily, we’re referred to as to be accountable. … We do not have the system in place for this and we’re attempting to make one up in a number of quick months and it is received too some ways to not be truthful to an individual like Zeke.”
Elliott mentioned his focus Sunday was on the sector; not Monday’s listening to. He carried a career-high 33 instances for 150 yards and scored two touchdowns within the Cowboys win in opposition to Washington. He has gone for greater than 100 yards in three straight video games and mentioned the offense is in a groove that resembles 2016 when he led the NFL in speeding with 1,631 yards.
“That is our job, to verify the whole lot on the door,” Elliott mentioned. “I’ve mentioned this earlier than however possession, the teaching employees, my teammates have performed an enormous function simply permitting me to have the ability to give attention to this sport and give attention to what I should be for this staff and I thank them for that.”
If Elliott has to start out his suspension instantly, he wouldn’t return till Dec. 17 on the Oakland Raiders with three video games to play. The Cowboys have Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden and Rod Smith prepared in case they do not have Elliott.
“We’ve got an important operating again room. I am not too nervous in regards to the guys who’re behind me,” Elliott mentioned. “There are lots of nice operating backs behind me. All three of them can go be starters anyplace. I’ve lots of confidence within the guys in that room and I’ve lots of confidence on this staff.”