The legal team for Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been fighting all week to allow him to play Sunday against the Chiefs.
On Friday, they got their wish: Elliott will be in uniform for Sunday’s game in Dallas.
The NFL Players Association on Thursday had asked the Second Circuit to enter “a brief administrative stay” specifically so Elliott can play this Sunday against the Chiefs, according to sports attorney Daniel Wallach. That was granted on Friday.
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In essence, this allows Elliott to play Sunday and then his suspension would be back in place as the court considers the injunction next week.
On Monday night, while the Chiefs were beating the Broncos 29-19 at Arrowhead Stadium, a federal judge in New York had rejected Elliott’s motion for a preliminary injunction and his six-game suspension was reinstated.
The NFLPA on Wednesday moved for an injunction in the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in attempt to reinstate Elliott while an appeal is heard, Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News reported.
On Thursday came the specific request to allow Elliott to play Sunday.
Elliott and the NFLPA have been battling in the courts since August, when the NFL issued a six-game suspension after accusations were made by a former girlfriend of Elliott’s in July 2016. While Elliott was never arrested, the NFL concluded he had several physical confrontations with Tiffany Thompson.
Elliott, who is in his second season with Dallas, has rushed for 690 yards and six touchdowns. In his two seasons with the Cowboys, Elliott has 2,321 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns.