Somewhat surprisingly, former Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott remains unsigned as training camp approaches for all 32 teams. A reunion in Dallas seems unlikely, but his market should pick up as we get into the meat and potatoes of camp, if not sooner.
In the meantime, though, Elliott's getting some off-field business done.
Per the Dallas Morning News' Isabella Volmert, Elliott reached a settlement with his neighbor, Jennifer Gamper, over a 2021 lawsuit that was scheduled to go to trial on Monday.
Gamper was seeking more than $1 million in damages after Elliott's Rottweiler left her with "severe and permanent" injuries following a May 2021 attack. The lawsuit also accused Elliott of negligence despite being "well aware that his dog had a propensity to bite and attack people."
Elliott's dogs escaped from his property and the Rottweiler left two people hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after biting them.
Former Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott settles dog attack lawsuit
Frisco Animal Services ultimately secured the dogs and Elliott received three animal-at-large citations, while the Rottweiler was put in a 10-day quarantine for observation.
This marked the third lawsuit involving Elliott's dogs in recent years.
Back in 2020 a swimming pool attendant alleged all three dogs -- the Rotweiller and two bulldogs -- attacked her during a visit at Elliott's home in Frisco, though no charges were filed. In 2021, an employee at a Texas canine daycare filed a motion against Elliott, but it's still pending, per court records.
In other Cowboys news, it was revealed that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas received a Super Bowl ring from Jerry Jones.
Thomas and Jones are close friends. So much so that Thomas has flown on Jones' private jet, attended Cowboys training camp and sat in Jones' private suite when Dalals played Washington at FedEx Field, per the New York Times.
Thomas' political career has been marked by controversy, including his influence among wealthy private citizens.
Jones certainly falls into that category or society, and news of his relationship with Thomas comes amid Thomas' long-standing fight against affirmative action, which just recently inched closer to a victory after the Supreme Court ruled it to be unconstitutional.
This could lead to the eventual disbanding of the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview a minimum of one external minority candidate for any head coach or general manager opening.
Leave it to Jones to keep the Cowboys in the news cycle during summer break.