|Ezekiel Elliott suspension back on|
2nd Circuit has denied Elliott's latest request
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Nov 9, 3:37 pm
|That was fast: 2nd Circuit has denied Ezekiel Elliott's request to have suspension continue to be lifted. Suspension is back on. As predicted, once case got to appellate court, NFL in good shape with precedent. (Andrew Brandt on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The saga continues. With this ruling today it appears the NFL's 6-game suspension is back on. If Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden or Rod Smith are available in your league, they are all viable options on the waiver wire. All were expected to see action last week with Morris expected to get the start.
|Elliott's next day in court coming Thursday|
Emergency injunction motion at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals
By: Doug Orth | Mon Nov 6, 6:00 pm
|BREAKING: Second Circuit schedules oral argument on Ezekiel Elliott emergency injunction motion for Thursday at 2 pm. (Daniel Wallach on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We know roughly as much about Zeke's playing status now as we did back in August. Elliott's most recent stay was not given an end date, so he will be allowed to play until the three-man Second Circuit panel makes their decision, which could take days or weeks. It's unclear if the NFL or Elliott has more legal moves left, but owners should still err on the side of caution and expect the second-year back to serve his suspension until he is cleared for good.
|Game on for Zeke, eligible to play Week 9|
Judge grants stay
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Nov 3, 10:02 am
|Ezekiel Elliott is back for this week. 2nd Cir just granted request for administrative stay. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The absurdness of this process and it's existence can't be understated. However, for Week 9 fantasy owners can now deploy Zeke in their lineup. He's quickly vaults into the top running back play on the board against a Chiefs defense that struggles to stop the run. Backups Alfred Morris, Rod Smith and Darren McFadden can be sent back to your bench.
|Alfred Morris to be No. 1 RB in Dallas|
Jerry Jones confirms Morris in wake of Ezekiel Elliott suspension
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Oct 31, 10:15 am
|Jon Machota (@jonmachota) on Twitter: "Jerry Jones on @1053thefan said Alfred Morris will get more carries but Darren McFadden and Rod Smith will get more work too" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Morris looks like the best bet for consistent carries as a fantasy RB2 in the Dallas backfield now that Ezekiel Elliott's suspension has been upheld by the courts. Elliott won;t return to action until December 17.
|Ezekiel Elliott allowed to play Week 7|
Judge grants temporary restraining order
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Oct 17, 8:00 pm
|Ezekiel Elliott has again been granted a temporarily restraining order against the NFL's decision to suspended him for six games, allowing the Dallas Cowboys running back to continue to play.
TRO granted, good for 14 days, at which point Judge will rule on whether or not to grant Preliminary Injunction and keep Zeke eligible. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Well into the circus phase of this ordeal, it appears Ezekiel Elliott will be eligible to play in Week 7. Beyond that, nobody knows. Owners of Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris should sit tight for now.
|Ezekiel Elliott suspension reinstated|
RB expected to appeal latest decision in this legal saga
By: Doug Orth | Thu Oct 12, 6:10 pm
|5th Circuit Court of Appeals rules to vacate Ezekiel Elliott's preliminary injunction and Eastern District Of Texas has to dismiss case. (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: In other words, Elliott's six-game suspension has been reinstated, at least until his legal team files a new injunction from the Southern District of New York. It now looks as though Zeke owners will have to move forward without him from Weeks 7-12. Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden need to be scooped up immediately off waivers if available, with Morris probably being the slightly better fantasy option.
|Darren McFadden inactive Sunday night|
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Sep 10, 6:00 pm
|Cowboys: RB Darren McFadden, QB Cooper Rush, WR Noah Brown, OG Jonathan Cooper.CB Bene Benwikere, LB Anthony Hitchens, CB Jourdan Lewis (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This comes as a bit of a surprise as McFadden was clearly the No.2 running back in rotation during preseason workouts. Alfred Morris and Rod Smith will handle backup duties behind Ezekiel Elliott against the Giants.
|Ezekiel Elliott likely to play all season|
Judge grant injunction to prevent six-game ssuspension
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Sep 8, 5:45 pm
|Federal judge Amos Mazzant III granted a request by the NFL Players Association for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to prevent the implementation of the six-game suspension for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. With the injunction granted, Elliott will likely be able to continue playing as the legal process plays out. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It appears Elliott will now be able to play all season while the legal process plays out thanks to this injunction granted judge Mazzant. This whole scenario resembles a storyline of the WWF but it does mean fantasy owners who took a gamble on Zeke in their drafts will have the Cowboys running back all season.
|Zeke suspension upheld, will play Week 1|
This saga isn't over
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Sep 5, 8:00 pm
|Arbitrator Harold Henderson has upheld the six-game suspension for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott on Tuesday, a source told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Despite the suspension being upheld, Elliott is still eligible to play in the team's season opener Sunday against the New York Giants. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Elliots's 6-game suspension remains but he will suit up Week 1 against the Giants because the ruling came after 4 pm ET. It remains to be seen whether or not he will be available for Week 2 or beyond as the next ruling in the case should come late Friday.
|NFL Network: Elliott likely to play Week 1|
If ruling delays past 4 p.m. today, Zeke will play Sunday night
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Sep 5, 10:25 am
|NFL Network on Twitter: "If Ezekiel Elliott is still on the roster by Tuesday at 3pm Dallas time, he will be eligible to play in the opener." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is via NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who reported that Elliott will play Week 1 if NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson does not hand down a decision before 4 PM EST on Tuesday. It's not a 100 percent sure thing he's a go for the opener, but it's looking more and more like a probability.
|NFL seeks dismissal of Ezekiel Elliott's case|
NFL going after NFLPA's pre-emptive injunction with its own tricks
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Sep 5, 9:20 am
|The NFL argued in a pair of filings late Monday night that Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott does not have the legal standing to challenge in federal court a six-game suspension over domestic assault allegations.
The NFL Players Association filed a petition to vacate Elliott’s suspension and then sought a temporary restraining order hours after Elliott’s three-day appeals hearing ended on Thursday. The NFL-appointed arbitrator, Harold Henderson, has yet to issue his ruling on Elliott’s appeal. (USA Today)|
FFToday's Take: We'll keep updating as news breaks, but it looks like both sides of this are exploring all their options. As of now, Elliott and the team are preparing for him to play in the opener.
|Zeke to know Week 1 fate by Monday?|
Appeals officer under pressure to make a decision
By: Doug Orth | Thu Aug 31, 7:05 pm
|Harold Henderson, the appeals officer in the Ezekiel Elliott hearing, is under pressure to have a decision by Monday, per source. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Barring a complete removal of Elliott's six-game suspension, this is trending toward a prolonged court battle in which he plays out the 2016 season in the same way Tom Brady did in 2015 while his case was in limbo. The league usually doles out discipline no later than Tuesday during the season so teams can plan their week, and that will probably be the deadline here. Owners can't feel secure they'll have Zeke in Week 1, but the odds of it happening seem to be getting stronger.
|PFT believes Ezekiel Elliott could play Week 1|
Hearing scheduled for today, but injunction could delay final ruling
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Aug 29, 10:36 am
|Rob Guerrera (@StatsOnFire) on Twitter: "@ProFootballTalk says the Zeke Elliott appeal is probably going to go to court, which means there's a "very good chance" he plays week one."
Ezekiel Elliott is scheduled for a hearing in the NFL offices today. (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There's a range of possibilities covered in Jason Katz's excellent Aug. 11 article: http://www.fftoday.com/articles/katz/17_ezekiel_elliott.html
But Mike Florio could have inside knowledge of Elliott's plans to have a court file an injunction, and given the convoluted nature of previous suspensions, including Deflategate and the Saints bounty scandal, Zeke might actually be available for Week 1, even if the six games stands at the end of today.