Judge blocks Elliott's 6-game suspension over domestic case

Getty									Ezekiel Elliott could play the entire 2017 season

Getty Ezekiel Elliott could play the entire 2017 season

The ongoing court saga wasn't a distraction - not for them and not for Ezekiel Elliott.

The NFL has fought doggedly to preserve the six-game suspension Roger Goodell issued to Ezekiel Elliott. The alleged victim reportedly gave a false statement to police about one allegation she made against Elliott, but the NFL's investigation concluded she was telling the truth about three other accounts of physical violence. Its attempt to appeal the decision with the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals or Goodell could place Elliott on the commissioner's exempt list, as was the case with Adrian Peterson.

"Just kind of your name being dragged through the mud", Elliott said.

The appeals process is unlikely to be a court priority and it is possible Elliott will play the entire season, as was the case when Patriots quarterback Tom Brady took his Deflategate suspension to the higher courts. Instead, the legal process will play out under the NFLPA's request for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, likely meaning Elliott, who rushed for 1,631 yards and 15 TDs as a rookie last season, will be available to the Cowboys for the whole season. The running back was found to be in violation of the personal conduct policy by the NFL and his appeal through league arbitration channels was denied by Harold Henderson.

Whether Elliott stays on the field will be decided in court.

During the appeals process it was reported that National Football League lead investigator Kia Roberts questioned Thompson's credibility and based on her findings would not have recommended the discipline doled out to Elliott.

The language in the decision from Judge Mazzant was strong in reprimanding the league's process as fundamentally unfair.

After Sunday night's victory, Elliott spoke for the first time on the proceedings, stating he's finally getting a chance to prove his innocence, per Pro Football Talk.

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