ATLANTA — If Ezekiel Elliott doesn’t win a preliminary injunction on Dec. 1, the following time the Dallas Cowboys will see their operating again will probably be December 18, after they play the Oakland Raiders.
Owner and normal supervisor Jerry Jones just isn’t nervous about Elliott being away from the workforce through the suspension.
“I think he’s got a good plan and I know he’s going to be doing stuff,” Jones stated after the Cowboys’ 27-7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. “He’s going to get away and he’s doing some things that will help his career and his life and so, no, I’m not as concerned about that.”
Without their star RB Ezekiel Elliott and All-Pro left sort out Tyron Smith, the Cowboys appeared powerless in opposition to the Falcons.
Elliott can’t have contact with the entrance workplace and coaches throughout his suspension. He can have contact with the workforce’s athletic coaching workers.
Jones wouldn’t get into the place Elliott will spend his time through the suspension. Reports had Elliott spending time in a foreign country.
Dak Prescott stated he has communicated with Elliott because the suspension kicked in.
“He’s doing well,” Prescott stated. “We just shared text messages as friends, not as employees or teammates, not even talking about football for the most part.”
Elliott was in a position to play within the first eight video games via a variety of authorized selections, however he misplaced a short lived administrative keep that saved him on the sphere in final week’s win in opposition to the Kansas City Chiefs. He will miss at the least the following 4 video games, pending a Dec. 1 listening to and is more likely to miss the following six.
The Cowboys missed Elliott, speeding for 107 yards on 21 carries. Alfred Morris led the Cowboys with 53 yards on 11 carries however had simply eight yards on six first-half carries.
Elliott had 783 speeding yards within the first eight video games of the season, with 4 straight video games of greater than 90 yards on the bottom.
Jones has supported Elliott all through the travails of a home violence cost that first got here to mild in July of 2016. While Columbus, Ohio, authorities didn’t cost Elliott, the NFL stated it had persuasive proof he dedicated home violence in opposition to a former girlfriend and suspended him six video games below the private conduct coverage.
Jones has stated quite a few instances the NFL has not handled Elliott pretty.
Asked if Elliott had realized something via the method, Jones stated, “I think all of us continue to learn and at his age he’s learning things every day,” Jones stated. “So there’s no question what I want for Zeke is that he’s a better person, not only for whatever he’s doing over these next six weeks, but hope he’s a better person for the kind of year he’s having, the kind of year he had last year and he’ll continue to be a better person.”
As a backdrop to the Elliott case was Jones’ elimination from the Compensation Committee by Atlanta proprietor Arthur Blank final week after Jones threatened a lawsuit in opposition to the NFL and a number of other homeowners for the approaching extension for Roger Goodell.
Jones and Blank didn’t communicate earlier than the sport.
“I’ve had games where I didn’t visit (with the opposing owner before a game) for whatever the reasons,” Jones stated, “but it’s rare.”