Cowboys HC Jason Garrett on Wednesday delivered a different message than owner/GM Jerry Jones seemed to earlier in the week. “Anybody who is healthy is going to play in this game,” Garrett said, per the team website. “If they’re not healthy, they won’t play in the game. If there’s a young guy who’s worthy of an opportunity, who’s earned that opportunity, he’ll get a chance to play in the ball game — and you’ll see that all throughout our roster. But we’re not just going to give a guy an opportunity because he’s young.” This situation is a prime example of why you should try to end your full-season fantasy league in Week 16. But if you're still going, you're probably going to want to play your primary Cowboys -- assuming they make sense.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones suggested on Tuesday that his team might limit some starters and get younger players more snaps in this weekend's finale against the Eagles. "We should just see how the game goes, but we've got younger guys ... we have a need for them," Jones said. "We need to better understand their skills. But we'll just see how it goes." QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott, WR Dez Bryant and TE Jason Witten are all candidates to play less than usual this weekend.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB Ezekiel Elliott is withdrawing his appeal and serving his 6-game suspension. That will return him for the Week 16 game against the Seahawks. Elliott is obviously droppable in most leagues, but you'll have to decide whether it makes sense to stash him for that Week 16 clash. In the meantime, Alfred Morris looks like the lead fill-in. We'll see if that changes after a sluggish 1st game of rushing without Elliott, though.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's next legal hearing is scheduled for December 1. His team will appeal the Second Circuit Court's decision not to grant Elliott an injunction. Winning that would allow him back on the field. But that's considered a long shot -- and it's unclear how long it'll even take the court to make a decision. All signs point to Elliott remaining suspended through Week 15.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's motion for an injunction has been denied, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. So his 6-game suspension is on again. At least for now. There are still other avenues Zeke can take to delay this suspension, but they're all considered long shots. It looks like he'll miss Weeks 10 through 15. That'd put him back on the field for Fantasy Championship Week. Alfred Morris is the best bet for carries in Dallas for now, but Darren McFadden and Rod Smith will also be involved.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is currently eligible to play Week 10, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That could change if the next ruling from the Second Circuit Courts of Appeals comes before Sunday. But Elliott's hearing with the court isn't scheduled until Thursday. As usual, Zeke's status is in limbo. But it sounds like there's a decent chance he plays vs. Atlanta this weekend.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been granted (another) stay of his suspension and is now eligible to play against the Chiefs on Sunday. We won't pretend to understand exactly what's going on in the courts here and what Elliott's status looks like beyond Week 9. But he should obviously be locked back into fantasy lineups, while RBs Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden and Rod Smith are again non-factors.
The Southern District Court of New York has dissolved Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's restraining order. The enforcement of that decision, though, is being delayed 24 hours to give Elliott's legal team the opportunity to appeal the decision. As usual, we're still without a final conclusion to this saga. But it sure sounds like there's a good chance Elliott's 6-game suspension starts this week. That'd knock him out until Week 15.
A judge has denied the NFL's request for an expedited hearing in the Ezekiel Elliott case. That means Elliott will be on the field for at least Week 8 against Washington, and his hearing will take place next Monday (Oct. 30) as scheduled. Beyond that ... we'll see.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been granted a temporary restraining order from the Southern District of New York. It again prevents the NFL from imposing Elliott's 6-game suspension. This restraining order is good for no more than 14 days, so it makes Elliott eligible for Week 7 and potentially Week 8. His legal team will need to again make its case in front of a different judge on or before October 30. (Dallas' Week 8 game is on October 29.) So round and round we go. The simple takeaway: Elliott will play against the 49ers this Sunday. His status beyond that is completely up in the air. RBs Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris are still worth stashing on fantasy benches.
ProFootballTalk.com reports that the judge overseeing Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's case has informed both the NFL and the NFLPA that Elliott remains eligible to play until the Firth Circuit Court of Appeals rules on his petition for rehearing. It's uncertain how long it'll take for that decision. As usual, Elliott's status is as clear as mud.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's temporary injunction. So his 6-game suspension is reinstated ... for now. As always with this legal stuff, there's a counter-move. Elliott can re-file for a new injunction from the Southern District of New York. It's unclear how long that process will take. Zeke lucks out with a Week 6 bye, but it's certainly possible that he's ineligible when Dallas returns for Week 7. The situation is further complicated by the lack of a sure-fire handcuff. RB Darren McFadden ran with the starters during the preseason, but he's been a healthy scratch for each of the season's first 5 weeks. RB Alfred Morris, meanwhile, has carried 8 times for 87 yards. Both guys are worth stashing as we wait for the situation to hopefully sort itself out.
Cowboys HC Jason Garrett said Thursday that RB Ezekiel Elliott bruised his ribs in last weekend's game against the Rams. Zeke didn't seem impacted by the injury in that one and put in a full practice on Wednesday. We'll keep an eye on this, but consider Elliott's fantasy stock unaffected for now.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's hearing with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will take place on October 2, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. This is in regards to the NFL's move to block the current injunction that's currently allowing Elliott to play. So, at minimum, Elliott will be eligible for Weeks 3 and 4. It's unclear how long it'll take the court to come to a decision after hearing arguments on the 2nd. And, of course, the court could rule against the NFL's request for a stay. There's still some risk that Elliott is forced to serve his suspension this season, but the most likely outcome is that he's eligible for all 16 games.
NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart confirmed to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is expected to be eligible for Sunday's game against the Broncos. The league has appealed the injunction that is allowing Elliott to play, but that process figures to take months. Zeke still has a good chance to be eligible for all 16 games this season.
The NFL has filed an appeal of Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's injunction with the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. If the league wins that ruling, Elliott's suspension would go back into effect. It's unclear how long it'll take to get that ruling and what the odds are that the NFL wins. Stay tuned ...
Cowboys RB Darren McFadden is inactive for tonight's game against the Giants. He wasn't listed on the injury report, so it looks like he's a healthy scratch. Alfred Morris will serve as Ezekiel Elliott's backup tonight. He's not a fantasy option, of course. But it's now unclear who the Elliott handcuff is.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been granted a temporary restraining order, according to multiple sources. It means that he can play while his case against the NFL's suspension works its way through the court. It's uncertain exactly how long that will take, but most believe it won't be settled before the end of the season. Simply put: Elliott now seems likely to be eligible for all 16 games this season. Anyone who got him outside the front half of Round 1 got an absolute steal.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott’s 6-game suspension was upheld by arbitrator Harold Henderson on Tuesday. He’s still eligible to play Week 1, while a source told Yahoo’s Charles Robinson that Zeke will fight his suspension “to victory or the complete exhaustion of his legal options.” We’ll share further developments when they become available.
Update: NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that a decision on the temporary restraining order will come by 5 pm ET on Friday. That now pertains to Week 2 and beyond. If Elliott gets the restraining order, he'd stand a good chance to be eligible for all 16 games this season. If not, his suspension would begin in Week 2.
105.3 The Fan in Dallas reports that the NFL has said Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will play against the Giants on Sunday. A source reportedly in the courtroom for Elliott's lawsuit said an NFL rep told the judge in that case that Elliott will play Week 1 even if Harold Henderson's decision comes down this week. An upheld suspension would then begin in Week 2. There will, of course, be more to come on this front -- and, let's hope, official word on the situation soon. But for now, fantasy owners can expect to have the Cowboys star available for Week 1.
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