Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension has been upheld by arbitrator Harold Henderson, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter report. But there’s a twist. Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network are reporting that Elliott will be eligible to play Week 1 when the Cowboys host the Giants because Henderson issued his ruling too late on Tuesday.
Elliott’s representatives released a statement shortly after the ruling became public.
“We are extremely disappointed in Mr. Henderson’s inability to navigate through league politics, and follow the evidence, and most importantly, his conscious (sic).”
Statement from Ezekiel Elliott’s attorneys: pic.twitter.com/6AhGr3QOzC
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 6, 2017
So, as of now, Elliott will play Week 1 against the Giants. He will miss the Cowboys’ games against the Broncos, Cardinals, Rams, Packers, 49ers and Redskins. And he’ll be eligible to return Week 9 against the Chiefs.
Given that the NFLPA preemptively filed a federal lawsuit even before this ruling, this story is still not over.