Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott drops appeal; will serve full suspension
Nov 16 2017
Elliott has staunchly denied the allegations and the Columbus City Attorney's office announced in September that it would not pursue charges against Elliott because of "conflicting and inconsistent information", however, but the National Football League can punish a player even without legal charges under the "personal conduct" clause.
Elliott announced on Wednesday that he would drop all remaining appeals and serve the full six-game suspension. He won't be eligible to play again until Week 16 against the Seattle Seahawks on December 24.
Elliott had his most recent legal motion denied by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in NY last Thursday.
So now, the Cowboys will be without a key piece of their offense for a little bit longer than just last week, when he missed the game which was a loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Elliott also maintains he is innocent.
Legally, Elliott was never charged by the Columbus, Ohio, authorities, but the National Football League put the label on him through its personal conduct policy with a 13-month investigation in which their lead investigator did not believe Elliott should be disciplined.
"This decision arises from a practical assessment of the current legal landscape", Elliott's agents said in a statement. This decision is in no way an admission of any wrongdoing, and Mr. Elliott is pleased that the legal fight mounted by he and his team resulted in disclosing many hidden truths regarding this matter as well [as] publicly exposing the NFL's mismanagement of its disciplinary process. That was one game of the six, so there's five more to go from this point before he could return to the field for Dallas.
Elliott is expected to release his own statement in the coming weeks.
The NFLPA still has the option to pursue its lawsuit against the NFL even with Elliott accepting the terms of the suspension. Commissioner Roger Goodell's power remains intact. Jones said after last week's loss to Atlanta he is not anxious about his running back being away from the team for so long. Elliott played in the first eight games of the season and rushed for 783 yards and seven touchdowns. The Cowboys are 5-4 and host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.