Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott drops his suspension appeal

Dallas Cowboys

By Anthony Caruso lll

The Dallas Cowboys will be one of their big three offensive weapons for the next several weeks. Second-year running back Ezekiel Elliott has dropped his suspension appeal.

He’ll be eligible to return to the team on Christmas Eve against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 16. The Cowboys have a home game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Ezekiel Elliott (Getty Images)

Ezekiel Elliott (Getty Images)

“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 lawyer’s Rocky Arceneaux and Frank Salzano said. “This decision arises from a practical assessment of the current legal landscape.

Elliott has been pushing the suspension back since August when he was initially suspended by the league for what they called a violation of their personal conduct policy. He reportedly had three domestic violence incidents with an ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson within a week in July 2016.

The NFL took a year to investigate those incidents before they made their ruling. He was their first suspension under the new domestic violence banner, as the league took black eyes from the Ray Rice and Greg Hardy incidents.

Elliott could have appealed the suspension once again at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Dec. 1, but several games of the suspension would have already passed. He could have attempted to get his suspension reduced from six games to four games, but that’ll never happen now, as he’ll serve all six games.

His lawyers said the decision was “based on the practical assessment of the current legal landscape.” If he would have attempted to appeal it again, it may not have heard the answer by the time the six-games were up.

“Mr. Elliott’s desire for closure in this matter is in his best interest, 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 disclosing many hidden truths regarding this matter as well publicly exposing 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.”

Alfred Morris will continue to be the Cowboys featured back with Elliott being out.

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