The months-long Ezekiel Elliott suspension drama has finally reached a resolution as the Dallas Cowboys second-year running back announced through his agent Wednesday that he will serve out the rest of his six-game suspension.
Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott announced Wednesday he will no longer appeal his six-game suspension, which will end just in time for a game against the Seahawks on December 24. Elliott, who served the first game of his suspension in the Cowboys' 27-7 loss at the Atlanta Falcons, will miss the next five games, including Sunday night's matchup against the Eagles in Arlington, Texas.
Elliott will reportedly train outside the country before he is set to return for the Cowboys game against the Seahawks on Christmas Eve.
'This decision arises from a practical assessment of the current legal landscape. "This decision is in no way an admission of any wrongdoing, and Mr. Elliott is pleased that the legal fight mounted by he and his team resulted in disclosing many hidden truths regarding this matter as well [as] publicly exposing the NFL's mismanagement of its disciplinary process". Roberts, who was the only person with the league to interview Tiffany Thompson, did not believe Elliott should be penalized by the league. Six games is the baseline for a first-time domestic violence offender.
Elliott didn't drop his appeal because he changed his mind about the unfairness of the suspension, but instead, because a potential appeal likely would run through the entirety of the six-game suspension anyway.
During the appeal process in August, Elliott denied the allegations, according to a lawsuit filed against the league.
Elliott's legal team could've pursued an en banc, or full-court, rehearing in the 2nd Circuit or attempted to escalate the case to the Supreme Court.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been critical of Goodell's handling of the situation and recently escalated his attacks on the Commissioner. The Cowboys (5-4) have turned to Alfred Morris, Rod Smith and Darren McFadden in Elliott's absence. Elliott ranked second in the National Football League with 783 rushing yards through eight games.