Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who is appealing his six-game suspension by the NFL for alleged domestic violence charges, is eligible to play in Sunday’s regular-season opener against the New York Giants, according to Mike Fisher of CBS Sports/1053 The Fan in Dallas.
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Elliott is still not out of the woods as far as his suspension is concerned, as NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson is currently presiding over Elliott’s appeal. The NFLPA, on behalf of Elliott, filed a petition asking the Eastern District Court of Texas to overturn any potential suspension ruling from Henderson.
On Monday, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo and his players said it didn’t matter if Elliott played or not.
“All backs run the same when there’s nowhere to run,” McAdoo said. “Our goal is to do our job and be prepared to stop the run. If he’s playing, great. If he’s not, then that’s great.”
Safety Landon Collins voiced his hope that Elliott would be allowed to play Sunday night. “He’s a great player, an exciting player and I love to play against the best players,” he said.
Last year, the Giants run defense tied for third in the league against the run. They held Elliott to a career-low 51 rushing yards in the regular-season opener last year. Elliott finished with 158 rushing yards on 44 carries (3.5 yards per carry) with one rushing touchdown against the Giants in two games as a rookie.
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“We’ll keep working on whoever they’ve got, and work them throughout the game,” Collins said, adding, “It doesn’t change the mindset [of] us making a defensive hold and stopping the run.”
8:25 PM Update: ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Henderson upheld Elliott’s 6-game suspension.
Ezekiel Elliott 6 game suspension has been upheld by Harold Henderson, per source
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) September 6, 2017