The six-game suspension of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott once again gets pushed back, allowing him to play this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The roller-coaster season for both the Dallas Cowboys and the pending legal issues for running back Ezekiel Elliott continue. Despite being levied a six-game suspension prior to the start of the season by the NFL for his suspected domestic violence, Elliott has been able to play through the Cowboys’ first seven games. Now, Zeke will play this Sunday as well.
Earlier this week, a New York federal judge denied a preliminary injunction that might have allowed Elliott to play all season while the courts review his case. Instead, the judgement reinstated his pending suspension, meaning the 22-year old would be sidelined for the next six weeks.
But on Friday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay that will allow Elliott to play this Sunday against the 6-2 Kansas City Chiefs. Zeke should start in that game despite missing both Wednesday and Thursday’s practice sessions due to the suspension.
The stay that will allow Elliott to play is essentially a weekend pass. The Court of Appeals needs time to review the NFL Players Association’s appeal and could meet as soon as next week to do so. That means, once again, Elliott’s playing status will be up in the air for Week 10. It is feasible the court could decided to extend the stay, allowing Zeke to play even more games until a decision has been made.
Having Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield will be a big boost for the 4-3 Dallas Cowboys going into this pivotal matchup against the Chiefs. Kansas City currently possess the 28th rushing defense in the NFL and a win would help Dallas keep pace with the 7-1 Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East.