Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott granted stay, eligible to play Sunday

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On Monday night, U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla denied Elliott's request for a preliminary injunction.

Garrett said Elliott will be able to catch up on the game plan quickly, but the team will not alter his practice schedule Friday or Saturday.

"I've just got to trust my (legal) team and trust that they're going to do everything they can do to the best of their ability to make sure I'm able to play ball".

But with Ezekiel Elliott back in the fold for at least one more week, the Cowboys have something that can effectively neutralize the Chiefs' potent attack.

The suspension was imposed in August after the National Football League investigated several alleged physical confrontations in the summer of 2016 between Elliott and his girlfriend at the time.

It is important to note that what was granted by the court was Elliott's request for a brief administrative stay (as opposed to the actual injunction or a ruling in Elliott's favor wiping out the suspension entirely), which means that for now, he is only eligible to play this Sunday. This is something I'm going to have to live with beyond football. "We had to prepare like he is playing".


If Elliott had served his full six-game suspension beginning this Sunday, he would have returned for Weeks 15 through 17, the Cowboys' final three games of the regular season. He was never charged with a crime by the Columbus, Ohio, authorities who investigated the allegations. At the start of training camp I ranked him as the best player on the Cowboys' entire roster, and beyond his physical skill, which is huge, Zeke also sets the tone for the rest of the team.

The Cowboys are near the top of the league in almost every offensive category, and over the past four games, they have averaged 414 yards and over 33 points per game, which are better than any team in the league has averaged this season.

But, this latest round of events has prompted the running back to speak out about the suspension.

The Cowboys (4-3) are in second place in the NFC East.

Beyond Sunday, it remains to be seen what will come of Elliott's situation. They've got a few running backs that are pretty good football players. He's been very productive for us from the first game he's played.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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