With the Court of Appeals scheduling their hearing on October 2nd, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott can play through Week Four.
For much of the offseason, there was a fear that Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott would miss a large part of the season due to a series of alleged domestic violence incidents stemming from July of 2016. After a year-long investigation by the NFL, the league opted to suspend Elliott for the first six games of the upcoming season.
After a failed appeal attempt, Elliott’s representatives took the case to a Texas district court in which a judge approved a temporary restraining order and granted a preliminary injunction. That allowed the league’s reigning rushing leader as a rookie to play until he has his day in court.
So far, Elliott has played in two regular season games and currently sits 18th in the league in rushing yardage, gaining 112 yards on 33 attempts in those two contests.
Meanwhile, the NFL has been actively attempting to stay that preliminary injunction with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in an effort to suspend Elliott as soon as possible. That means Zeke could be sidelined at anytime.
But the Cowboys got a bit of good news on Friday. According NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled a hearing for the league motion to be heard on the possible stay of Elliott’s preliminary injunction for Monday, October 2nd.
This means Elliott will be allowed to play this Monday night against the Arizona Cardinals and in Week Four, against the Los Angeles Rams. His playing future beyond that point will be determined by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and their decision on whether to stay the injunction or not.
This news must be a sigh of relief for the Dallas Cowboys’ coaching staff who now know they’ll have their star running back for at least two more weeks.