#6. Ezekiel Elliott’s Suspension
With the news being released late Monday that a New York federal judge had denied the motion for a preliminary injunction, Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy will be reinstated. And it seems unlikely that he’ll be able to get avoid it this go-around.
Elliott has proven his value to the team in the last three games, rushing for over 100 yards in each contest. And he’s been the main reason the Cowboys have won their last two games.
Although Elliott has yet to miss a single game so far this season, the dark cloud of his lingering legal issues have hung over the team all year. In some way, it will be a relief to simply be done with the suspension altogether and allow the entire club to move on.
Sitting at 4-3, and based on Elliott’s poor play early on this season, it’s hard not to blame the ongoing battle between the second-year player, his representatives and the NFL for some of the hardships America’s Team have struggled with this season.
The fact Elliott could be ripped away from the Cowboys at any moment was an ongoing worry. And it’s been a constant topic of discussion all year. That nagging, slow-drip of media questions and speculation can wear on the most grizzled veteran. Much less on a 22-year old who believes he’s innocent.
The NFL levied this punishment for Ezekiel Elliott’s suspected domestic abuse prior to the start of the season. And though legal action has postponed the suspension through seven games this year so far, the stain of that punishment has tainted the Dallas Cowboys season. It might be the main reason this year was doomed before it even began for America’s Team.